an opera in three acts
Music by DAVID T. LITTLE
Libretto by ROYCE VAVREK
Based on the short story Dog Days by JUDY BUDNITZ
CAST and MUSICIANS
(in alphabetical order)
JAMES BOBICK – Howard (Father)
MARNIE BRECKENRIDGE - Mother
CHERRY DUKE - Captain
JOHN KELLY - Prince
MICHAEL MARCOTTE - Elliott
PETER TANTSITS - Pat
LAUREN WORSHAM - Lisa
JAMES JOHNSTON - piano, synthesizer
TAYLOR LEVINE - guitar
EILEEN MACK - clarinets
COURTNEY ORLANDO - violin
KRIS SAEBO - bass
NATHAN SCHRAM - viola
BRIAN SNOW - cello
PETER WISE - percussion
MOLLY YEH – percussion
ALAN PIERSON - conductor
The country has fallen into chaos as an undefined war rages on U.S. soil. Roads are closed except for military use. There is no work. Progressively, the schools close. Food runs out. The power gets shut off. Neighbors mysteriously vanish. Those without homes beg for food at the porches of those who do, but no one has anything to give.
DOG DAYS: AN APPRECIATION
Produced by David T. Little and Alan Pierson
Recorded on location by Nick Tipp at REDCAT, Los Angeles
Edited and Mixed by Andrew McKenna Lee at Still Sound Audio, Brooklyn NY
Mastered by Joe Lambert
Cover photo by James Daniel
Natalia Schwien, VIA Records Label Director
Mogollon, Album Design
Dog Days was recorded live in performance at REDCAT, June 11-15, 2015,
in a Beth Morrison Projects production, presented by LA Opera.
Dog Days was originally produced in 2012 by Peak Performances at Montclair State University, under the auspices of The Office of Arts & Cultural Programming, Executive Director, Jedediah Wheeler, with special acknowledgement to Jill Dombrowski and J. Ryan Graves, in association with Beth Morrison Projects. The World Premiere performance was presented on September 29, 2012 at The Alexander Kasser Theater.
Dog Days was commissioned by Peak Performances at Montclair State University (NJ). Selections from Dog Days were commissioned and presented by Carnegie Hall for the Weill Music Institute. Scenes from Dog Days were presented as part of New York City Opera’s VOX Contemporary American Opera Lab
The 2015 tour of Dog Days was produced by Beth Morrison Projects.
Additional support for libretto publication provided by Kiki and David Gindler.
Published by Hendon Music, Inc., a Boosey & Hawkes Company