BLUE MOUNTAIN

Chamber opera libretto (2007)

Commissioned by The Norwegian Wind Ensemble


This operatic version of my stage play The Blue Man (see own menu above), to music of New York composer Justin Dello Joio, was planned as a grand finale of the Bergen International Festival in 2007. Due to illness in Dello Joio’s family the premiere had to be postponed until the Ultima Festival in Oslo later in the year – though still with production by the Bergen International Festival. 

The opera has since come out on CD (Bridge Records, New York) and the full score is published by EB MArks Music Publishers in New York. It has since been performed on university campuses in the USA. 

Here are 3 reviews in leading magazines: 
International Record Review
American Record Guide
Gramophone

Here are two excerpts from the premiere in Oslo – with Marianne Anderson (Nina Grieg), Torben Grue (Doctor Rossing), Njål Sparbø (Grieg), and Nils Harald Sødal (Percy Grainger). Kenneth Jean is the conductor.