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Scarlet Letter Interludes from American Lit: The Hawthorne/Melville Correspondence

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Published on Apr 21, 2012

Three (of the five) "Scarlett Letter" Interludes from a 1997 semi-staged reading of "AMERICAN LIT: THE HAWTHORNE/MELVILLE CORRESPONDENCE," opera by Jeffrey Lependorf (composer) and Jeffrey Jullich (libretto).

Scenes from the fiction of Hawthorne and Melville appear throughout "American Lit." Here, three of the short scenes from Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter. In each, the child Pearl Prynne asks her mother Hester the same question: "What does the scarlet letter mean, and why does the minister hold his hand over his heart?" The chorus narrates, focused obsessively on the pitch "A."

Performed by Hell's Kitchen Opera at American Opera Projects through the Helping Hands Grant program. William Maxfield conducting, direction by Linda Lehr, with the composer at the piano.

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