Manahan served as music director for New York City Opera for more than a decade, and currently serves as music director of the American Composers Orchestra and Portland Opera. A versatile conductor, Manahan has conducted a wide range of operas, including Edward Thomas’ “Desire Under the Elms,” which received a Grammy Award nomination.
The production will be directed by Kate Whoriskey. Whoriskey directed the Broadway revival of “The Miracle Worker,” and her many off-Broadway credits include “How I Learned to Drive,” “The Piano Teacher” and “Ruined,”for which she won a Drama Desk Award.
“As a fan of the Dreiser novel, I am thrilled to be working with one of America’s great composers, Tobias Picker,” Whoriskey said in the release. “Tobias has taken this complex portrait of American life and translated it into a vivid and extraordinary musical event. I am excited by the opportunity to stage such a rich, expansive piece.”
Alexander Dodge, who received a 2012 Tony Award nomination for his designs for “Present Laughter,” will design sets. Robert Wierzel will design lighting. The role of Clyde Griffith’s mother, Elvira Griffiths, will be sung by award-winning soprano June Anderson. The role of the upstate New York factory owner will be sung by Aleksey Bogdanov. Recent roles for Bogdanov include Escamillo in “Carmen” at Atlanta Opera and Masetto in “Don Giovanni” at Washington National Opera.
The mainstage productions will be complemented by special concerts, lectures, backstage tours and question-and-answer sessions with the creative teams. More information on these events will be released next year.
For more information on the 2014 Glimmerglass Festival and performance dates and times, call the Box Office at 547-2255 or visit www.glimmerglass.org.
The company’s 2013 summer season runs July 6 through Aug. 24 with new productions of Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman;” Lerner and Loewe’s “Camelot;” Verdi’s “King for a Day” and “Passions,” a double bill of David Lang’s “the little match girl passion” and Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater.”