THE TRIAL AT ROUEN
By Norman Dello Joio
December 1, 2017 at 8pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Produced in collaboration with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project
In 1950, Boston based Pulitzer Prize winning composer Norman Dello Joio premiered his first opera, The Triumph of Saint Joan. Unhappy with the results he withdrew the work. Still fascinated with the subject, he was commissioned by the NBC Television Opera Theatre to produce an original 75-minute opera for television. The resulting work in two acts, The Trial at Rouen, premiered on April 8, 1956, on NBC. In collaboration with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Odyssey Opera’s performance marks the first time The Trial at Rouen will be performed off screen and on stage in front of a live audience. The most condensed of all the operas this season, it focuses on the period of the imprisonment and trial of Joan. The concert will open with Dello Joio’s most popular work, The Triumph of Saint Joan Symphony, a purely orchestral work based on the material from his first Joan of Arc opera.
Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory