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The Golden Gate

Conrad Cummings Photo credit: Sandro Lamberti
Conrad Cummings
Photo credit: Sandro Lamberti
The Golden Gate: By Conrad Cummings
STANFORD, CALIFORNIA  •  Bing Concert Hall Studio  •  Ongoing
Conrad Cummings: The Golden Gate
An Opera in Two Acts
Music by Conrad Cummings
Libretto from the novel in verse by Vikram Seth, adapted by the composer

How does an acclaimed novel-in-verse become a new opera in progress? Best-selling Indian author Vikram Seth's The Golden Gate was written while he was a student at Stanford and a Wallace Stegner Fellow in creative writing. Current Stegner Fellows and Stanford students read excerpts from The Golden Gate intercut with parallel scenes from the new opera by Conrad Cummings in high-quality video from the opera's Lincoln Center staged workshop. Cummings weaves together spoken and sung words with a candid commentary on decisions, trade-offs, faithfulness, and freedom in transforming Seth's verse into sung drama. Vikram Seth provides a video welcome. Sponsored by the Stanford English Department, the American Studies and Creative Writing Programs, and Arts Institute.

Bing Concert Hall Website

Conrad Cummings Website

Detailed schedule information:
8:00 pm

Free, tickets required

Contact: Bing Concert Hall Studio
327 Lasuen Street
Stanford, CA 94025
Tel: (1) 650 725 27 87

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