The Tender Land

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Composer:

Aaron Copland

Librettist:

Horner Everett

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Language:

English

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About the opera The Tender Land

The Tender Land is an opera with music by Aaron Copland and libretto by Horace Everett, a pseudonym for Erik Johns. The opera tells of a farm family in the Midwest of the United States. Copland was inspired to write this opera after viewing the Depression-era photographs of Walker Evans and reading James Agee's Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. He wrote the work between 1952 and 1954 for the NBC Television Opera Workshop, with the intention of its being presented on television. However, the television producers rejected the opera. Eventually, the work had its premiere on April 1, 1954 at the New York City Opera, with Thomas Schippers as the conductor, Jerome Robbins as the director, and a cast including the young Norman Treigle. The opera was poorly received at its premiere. Contemporary criticism commented on the weaknesses of the opera's characters and the storyline. Later analysis by Christopher Patton stated that one underlying cause of the opera's failure at the premiere was the contrast between writing for the intimate medium of television, the originally intended medium of the work, versus the more public and larger-scale setting of an opera house. Copland and Johns later made revisions to the opera.
Patton has also commented on the role of Erik Johns' interest in the Vedanta branch of Hinduism in the libretto.
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Roles in The Tender Land

Laurie Moss Soprano
Martin Tenor
Grandpa Moss Bass
Ma Moss Contralto
Beth Moss Soprano
Top Baritone
Mr. Splinters Tenor
Mrs. Splinters Mezzo-Soprano

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Arias from The Tender Land

Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Oh! I was going a courtin

Opera: Tender Land, TheComposer: CoplandAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Top
2Thank you thank you all

Opera: Tender Land, TheComposer: CoplandAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Laurie Moss
3I am getting tired of traveling

Opera: Tender Land, TheComposer: CoplandAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Martin
4That is crazy

Opera: Tender Land, TheComposer: CoplandAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Top
5The sun is coming up

Opera: Tender Land, TheComposer: CoplandAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Laurie Moss
6Daybreak will come in short time

Opera: Tender Land, TheComposer: CoplandAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Martin
7All thinking is done

Opera: Tender Land, TheComposer: CoplandAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: English

Roles: Ma Moss
8Laurie's Song

Opera: Tender Land, TheComposer: CoplandAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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9Ma's Song

Opera: Tender Land, TheComposer: CoplandAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

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10Martin's Song

Opera: Tender Land, TheComposer: CoplandAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: