The Grapes of Wrath - Michigan Opera Theatre

Overview

This heart-wrenching opera, based on the classic novel by John Steinbeck, tells the story of the Joad family on their quest for survival during the 1930s Dust Bowl. Featuring folksy, jazz-inspired music by Ricky Ian Gordon, The Grapes of Wrath has been called “the great American opera.”

Fast Facts

The Grapes of Wrath
Opera in two acts
Music by Ricky Ian Gordon
Libretto by Michael Korie
Based on the novel by John Steinbeck
Premiere: Saint Paul 2007

This Production
Conducted by Michael Christie
Directed by James Robinson
A co-production with Opera Theatre of St. Louis
Sung in English with supertitle projections
Running time about 2 ½ hours

Artists

Katharine Goeldner

Ma Joad

Tobias Greenhalgh

Tom Joad

Deanna Breiwick

Rosasharn

Deborah Nansteel

Granma

Geoffrey Agpalo

Jim Casy

Michael Day
SA

Al Joad

Dennis Petersen

Grampa, Muley, Endicotts, Patrol Guard

Jeffrey Mattsey

Uncle John

Levi Hernandez

Pa Joad

Harry Greenleaf
SA

Connie Rivers

Hugh Russell

Noah Joad, Prison Guard

Katherine DeYoung
SA

Mae

James Robinson

Director

Michael Christie

Conductor

Videos

Audio

Images

Sponsors

 

Elaine Fontana
Conductor Sponsor

 
View All

News/Blog

Defining Donna Elvira: Nicole Cabell on the Strength and Humanity of One of Don Giovanni’s Most Complex Characters

Nicole Cabell discusses her approach to her staple role and why Donna Elvira is anything but mad.

Read More
Michigan Opera Theatre Adds “Buoso’s Ghost” to 2019-20 Opera Season

We’ve added a show! Michigan Opera Theatre is excited to announce that we’ve added Michael Ching’s Buoso’s Ghost to our 2019-20 season! The...

Read More

Fast Facts

The Grapes of Wrath
Opera in two acts
Music by Ricky Ian Gordon
Libretto by Michael Korie
Based on the novel by John Steinbeck
Premiere: Saint Paul 2007

This Production
Conducted by Michael Christie
Directed by James Robinson
A co-production with Opera Theatre of St. Louis
Sung in English with supertitle projections
Running time about 2 ½ hours

Sponsors

 

Elaine Fontana
Conductor Sponsor