Michael Mayes and David Blalock in the Fort Worth Opera Festival production of Glory Denied.  (Photo copyright 2013 by Ellen Appel.)

Michael Mayes and David Blalock in the Fort Worth Opera Festival production of Glory Denied. (Photo copyright 2013 by Ellen Appel.)

 
Glory Denied
The acclaimed opera by Tom Cipullo
Based on the book by Tom Philpott
For four singers (two sopranos, tenor, and baritone)
Two Acts (Act 1, 36 minutes, Act 2, 41 minutes)
Three different instrumentations available: full orchestra, 16 players, or 9 players
 
For information on licensing and parts, write glorydeniedopera@gmail.com
 
Glory Denied is now available on Albany Records(Troy 1433)
performed by the Fort Worth Opera Festival  (Darren K. Woods, General Director)
Picked for its Best of the Year list by Opera News (January 2014)
 
What the Critics Are Saying
“intimate in its presentation (minimal sets and costumes and a nine-musician ensemble) and epic in its scope and effect… From hope to despair, from love to hatred to forgiveness, the dramatic tension was relentless.”
Willard Spiegelman, Opera News  July 2013
 
“This is no fictional dialogue…but the real, powerful emotional struggles of two flesh-and-blood human beings caught up in a drama neither one of them wanted or created…a terrifically powerful work, superbly written…”
Lynn René Bayley, Fanfare Magazine  Jan/Feb 2014
 
“Mr. Cipullo’s vocal writing is angular and declamatory at times, but he has a keen sense of when to let that modernist approach melt into glowing melody, and he has an even keener ear for orchestral color.”
Allan Kozinn, New York Times  November 12, 2010
 
 “…a luminous score that offered vivid embodiments of the protagonist’s mental states.”
Joan Reinthaler, Washington Post   April 3, 2011
 
“…a powerful drama of great intensity in both music and acting.”
Olin Chism, Fort Worth Star-Telegram  April 25, 2013
 
“…a powerfully realistic thriller and an unabashedly honest commentary on the America of the 1960s and ’70s.” 
Edward Brown, Fort Worth Weekly  May 1, 2013
 
“ [an] intimate operatic masterpiece.”
Wayne Lee Gay, D Magazine April 22, 2013
 
“Dramatic is an understatement. In its operatic form, it is horrifying, riveting, involving, shocking, inspiring, overwhelming, appalling and devastating—in that order.”
Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, Theater Jones      April 23, 2013
 
“…a work of our time…It holds its own against the greatest of the classical repertoire, while helping to redefine it at the rarer scale of chamber opera.”
H. Paul Moon, DC Arts Beat   April 4, 2011