The House of Seven Gables, an opera
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Scott Eyerly received his master's degree from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Elliott Carter, and his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan School of Music, where he studied with William Bolcom and Curtis Curtis-Smith. He currently lives in New York City. About his opera he writes: "In 1989, while seeking a story for my first opera, I picked up a copy of The House of the Seven Gables. It was love at first read. What seized my imagination immediately was the atmosphere and the characters. Vivid stage pictures suggested themselves to me, from the vast gloomy house to its singular characters. I was drawn to the powerful morality in the tale. Hawthorne's exploration of human nature, especially the repercussions of one's actions on others, struck me as being no less relevant today than in 1850. Having received a grant in 1992 from the National Endowment for the Arts to begin writing the opera, I spent six weeks in Salem, Massachusetts, where the actual House of the Seven Gables stands. Although the story is fictional, it is set in a real house. The chance to see what Hawthorne had seen intrigued me. Seven years were to pass between my Salem visit and the Manhattan School's announcement of the opera's premiere." With the current opera craze on the part of classical music lovers, here is a new opera which should have a broad appeal to anyone who enjoys the voice.
Scott Eyerly, composer
The House of the Seven Gables
Manhattan Opera Theatre, David Gilbert, conductor

"'The House of Seven Gables' out on compact disc, and that's cause for celbration. Scott Eyerly's opera can now reach the wider audience it deserves..." (The Newark Star-Ledger)

"From the evidence here, Eyerly seems to have been quite successful in translating Hwthorne's subtle, moody, narrative-heavy novel to the stage...The musical language is tonally-based and anchored in tradition...but inventive and varied..." (Opera News)
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