“Elmer Gantry,” the Opera

The New York Times has an excellent story (with audio) on the difficulties of staging and financing an opera version of Sinclair Lewis‘ novel:

“We wanted to show how evangelism moves from frontier to city by taking on the techniques of American business,” [librettist] Mr. [Herschel] Garfein explained dryly. He might also have said they were showing how ambition enables and then pollutes faith.

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