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America Tropical (Piano/Vocal Score)

By David Conte

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Opera in 1 Act for mixed voices (Flute, B-flat Clarinet (doubling A Clarinet & Bass Clarinet), Violin, Violoncello, Double Bass & Piano)
Composed by David Conte (1955-). One Act/Chamber Opera. 21st Century. Piano/vocal score. E.C. Schirmer Publishing #7160. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.7160).

Item Number: EC.7160

Text: Oliver Mayer.

Written by Oliver Mayer

In an act of creation that is both galvanizing and dangerous, the Mexican artist Siqueiros creates a mural for the 1932 Olympic Games. This work places a mirror up to the city of Los Angeles, reflecting both its past and future- from its founding in 1781 by a band of Pobladores from Mexico, to its near self-destruction in the riots of 1992. Through the interconnected stories of original city founder Moreno and George Holliday, who witnessed the savage beating of Rodney King (just as Siqueiros is witness with his paint brush), we see and feel the crises of a city continually caught between its lofty goals and coarse realities. Whitewashed in 1932, Siqueiros' painted mural image of the Crucified India refuses to stay erased and ghosts through, descending from the cross to offer redemption and blessings to Angelinos across the centuries. The India exists alongside the Queen of the Angels (namesake of the City) as a witness to injustice, and as a totem of the hopes and dreams of its people- signifying more than Siqueiros could have dreamed possible.

Siqueiros, painter of the mural "America Tropical"Baritone
Lara, Pobladores leader/workerTenor
Maria Soledad, Mexican peasant woman, wife of MorenoSoprano
Moreno, Pobladores/worker/husband of MarisTenor
Holliday/Mesa, plumber/pobladoro/worker (filmed the beating of Rodney King)Bass-Baritone
Camero, Pobladoro/workerBaritone
Navarro, Poblador/workerBass-Baritone
The India, the crucified figure at the center of the mural "America Tropical"Soprano

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