June 14 – July 28, 2002 in Goodman's Albert Theatre

Around 90 minutes

A world premiere

It’s an irresistible combination—Chicago’s endlessly inventive director, Mary Zimmerman, and America’s most celebrated composer, Philip Glass, blending their talents to create a world premiere opera that paints the life of the brilliant but flawed genius, Galileo.

Goodman Resident Director Mary Zimmerman has won acclaim for her stagings of such classics as The Odyssey, The Arabian Nights, The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci and Metamorphoses. Glass, a pioneer of minimalist music, is a true renaissance man, composing for theater, opera, symphony, dance, and film, receiving an Academy Award nomination for his work on Kundun and a Golden Globe for his score for The Truman Show. Their work together on Galileo Galilei is sure to be one of the most talked-about events of the season!


 

Artists

By PHILIP GLASS, Libretto by MARY ZIMMERMAN and ARNOLD WEINSTEIN, Directed by MARY ZIMMERMAN

Cast

ALICIA BERNECHE - Older Maria Celeste / Maria de' Medici / Eos
MARK CRAYTON - Cardinal / Inquisitor / Oracle
LAWRENCE DISTASI - Servant / Priest
JOHN DUYKERS - Older Galileo
ANDREW FUNK - Pope / Simplicio / Cardinal Barberini / Father of Merope
TESS GIVEN - Servant / Nun / Merope
ZACH GRAY - Child Galileo
SHELBY HYMAN - Child Duchess Christina
MANDI MICHALSKI - Servant / Nun
ANDREW MCQUERY - Cardinal / Priest
TIM MULLANEY - Servant / Priest
EUGENE PERRY - Salvatti / Young Galileo
MATT ORLANDO - Servant / Priest / Orion
GREGORY PURNHAGEN - Cardinal / Inquisitor / Servant
ELIZABETH REITER - Young Maria Celeste
PETER SCISCIOLI - Servant / Priest
SARAH SHEPERD - Scribe /Maria Madelena
MARY WILSON - Sagredo / Grand Duchess Christina

Creative Team and Crew

DANIEL OSTLING - Scenic Design
MARA BLUMENFELD  - Costume Design
T.J. GERCKENS - Lighting Design
MICHAEL BODEEN - Sound Design
JOHN BOESCHE - Projection Design
BEATRICE JONA AFFRON - Music Direction / Conductor
ALDEN VASQUEZ - Production Stage Manager
LAXMI KUMARAN - Stage Manager