Fellow Travelers

An opera by Gregory Spears
Libretto by Greg Pierce
Based on the 2007 novel Fellow Travelers by Thomas Mallon
Developed and Co-Commissioned by G. Sterling Zinsmeyer & Cincinnati Opera

 

June 16-26

The story of a forbidden love affair between two men in 1950s McCarthy-era Washington, D.C., Fellow Travelers is a searing opera infused with political drama, unexpected humor, and sincere heartbreak. A chance encounter between recent college graduate Timothy Laughlin and handsome State Department official Hawkins Fuller results in Tim’s first job—and his first love affair with a man. As McCarthy mounts a desperate bid for power and internal investigations focus on removing “sexual subversives” in the government, Tim and Fuller find it increasingly dangerous to navigate their double lives.

Composer

Gregory Spears

Language

Sung in English with English captions projected above the stage.

 

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Location

The Cowles Center
528 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

612-333-6669

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Synopsis

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Act I

September 1953 to May 1957, in Washington, D.C. Eisenhower is president. Senator Joseph McCarthy is stoking fears that the U.S. federal government is full of Communists, Soviet spies, and homosexuals …

Composer Biography

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Gregory Spears writes music that blends aspects of romanticism, minimalism, and early music …

Fellow Travelers Production Photos

© Philip Groshong for Cincinnati Opera
© Philip Groshong for Cincinnati Opera

Fellow Travelers Production Photos

© Philip Groshong for Cincinnati Opera
© Philip Groshong for Cincinnati Opera

Fellow Travelers Production Photos

© Philip Groshong for Cincinnati Opera
© Philip Groshong for Cincinnati Opera

Fellow Travelers Production Photos

© Philip Groshong for Cincinnati Opera
© Philip Groshong for Cincinnati Opera

Fellow Travelers Production Photos

© Philip Groshong for Cincinnati Opera
© Philip Groshong for Cincinnati Opera

Fellow Travelers Production Photos

© Philip Groshong for Cincinnati Opera
© Philip Groshong for Cincinnati Opera

Fellow Travelers Production Photos

© Philip Groshong for Cincinnati Opera
© Philip Groshong for Cincinnati Opera

Reviews

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The New York Times

“With its smart music and sharp-edged romantic drama, Fellow Travelers seems assured of lasting appeal”

 

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