New World: An Opera About
What Columbus Did to the "Indians"
two-act opera with music by Leonard Lehrman
libretto by Joel Shatzky & the composer
commissioned by The Puffin Foundation
presented in concert by
After Dinner Opera Co. at Lincoln Center, Oct. 12, 1991,
with excerpts broadcast by WQXR the same day;
premiered by Long Island Composers Alliance
at Heckscher Park, Huntington, Aug. 11, 1992;
revived at Donnell Library, Manhattan, Feb. 9, 1993.
Photos from 1992 production--
dir.: Ben Spierman, cond.: Leonard Lehrman.
Watch the complete video from 1992,
here, or scene by scene:
Prelude & Kaytawari's Invocation
Entrance of Columbus & Crew
Christening of "San Salvador" & Nudity Chorus
Queen Isabella's Bolero
Act I Quartet (Isabella, Columbus, Rodrigo, DeTorres)
The Discovery of Gold
Ensemble, Rodrigo, Yuisa, Act I Finale
Entr'acte, Yuisa, Guarionex
Kaytawari, Columbus Trio
Act II Quartet (Isabella, Columbus, Rodrigo, DeTorres)
Columbus, Rodrigo, DeTorres (on the Jews)
Rodrigo Frees Guarionex
Nightmare, Rap, Murder, Mourning Chorus
Chorus & Columboland Trio
Final Vision, Finale & Bows
Taino seer Kaytawari (Mark Wolff)
tells his walking dream
to Taino princess Yuisa (Janis Sabatino Hills).
Predicted is the coming of Columbus (Ronald Edwards)--
spurred on by Queen Isabella (Helene Williams).
The opera is told from the point of view of the Tainos,
Columbus' Jewish interpreter, and his black cabin boy.