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A one-act opera on the story of Cain and Abel taken through the ages to the Holocaust and beyond.

"...his music is tonal and melodic yet Sleeper avoids high sucrose neo-Romanticism for a darker, more personal and edgy style, bristling with nervous energy," writes the music critic Larry Johnson. Thomas M. Sleeper currently resides in Miami, Florida, where he is Director of Orchestral Activities and Conductor of the University of Miami Orchestra and Opera Theater. "Aceldama," Greek for "field of blood," appears in reference to the field where Cain slew Abel in the first recorded homicide (in fact, fratricide) of the Judeo-Christian tradition. "Aceldama" is sometimes also used to describe the field where Judas committed suicide after his betrayal of Christ. The opera Aceldama is based on the story of Cain and Abel and takes this tragedy through the ages to the Nazi Germany death camps and beyond. Three parts are joined to form one act. Part I takes place in the 1940s, with the final scene projecting surrealistically into the present and the future. Elements are fused from accounts of the Holocaust, Jewish and Christian texts, the Upanishads, the Arthurian legend, Dante's Inferno, and the Faust legend among other sources.
Contents:
Thomas Sleeper, composer
Aceldama
Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony, Thomas Sleeper, conductor, Univ. of Miami Chorale, Thomas Barrett, David Crawford, Sandra Lopez, Russell Thomas

Review:
"Sleeper...is a gifted composer, writing in a rigorous yet attractive tonal idiom..." (Gramophone)
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