Galileo Galilei


He discovered the earth revolved around the sun and dared to defend the truth, only to suffer the persecution of the church and his peers in turn. Madison Opera celebrates the 75th birthday of iconic American composer Philip Glass with a new production of one of his most acclaimed recent works, Galileo Galilei. The opera offers a moving portrait of the famous astronomer's life, told backwards in time from his final days to explore questions of science, religion, and, ultimately, humanity.

Renowned tenor William Joyner is Galileo Galilei and the vibrant soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine is his daughter, Maria Celeste. Baritone John Arnold is featured as the Young Galileo. A. Scott Parry (The Marriage of Figaro, 2010) directs and Kelly Kuo (Così fan tutte, 2009) conducts members of the Madison Symphony Orchestra.

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Older Galileo
William Joyner Maria Celeste
Jamie-Rose Guarrine
Dean Peterson Scribe Allisanne Apple
1st Cardinal
Alex Edgemon Young Galileo
John Arnold
2nd Cardinal
Darik Knutsen Sagredo Saira Frank
3rd Cardinal Errik Hood Young Maria Celeste Jennifer DeMain


Music by Philip Glass

Libretto by Mary Zimmerman, with Philip Glass and Arnold Weinstein

Conductor: Kelly Kuo

Director: A. Scott Parry

Sung in English with projected text

Run time: appr. 90 minutes, no intermission

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