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Mark Adamo

In August of 2001, the name of composer/librettist Mark Adamo became widely known in musical circles when his opera on Louisa May Alcott's famous coming of age, Civil War-era novel Little Women was performed on PBS's "Great Performances." For an essentially unknown composer's maiden operatic effort to receive such attention a mere three years after its premiere (albeit at the illustrious Houston Grand Opera) is and was virtually unheard of, and for this attention to be accompanied by the Ondine record label's commercial release of a double-CD set is a young composer's pie-in-the-sky dreams. When all of this happened, when his first opera quickly became a repertoire staple, Adamo was not yet 40. Since its astonishing beginning, Little Women has been performed over 20 times by opera companies great and small. December 2003 saw the Mexico City premiere, and in 2005 the New York City Opera took the piece on tour as part of their first-ever appearances in both Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan, as part of the World Expo.

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