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Bruce Resurrects ‘Flora’ for Spoleto Festival 2010

Flora was the first ballad opera performed in North America, and one of the most popular opera’s of its time – the mid-1700s. Opera fans have long been eager to hear and see it performed, but a full scale revival faced a bit of a problem: only 18 pages of the opera’s music has survived. Recreating this piece in the style and scope faithful the original production would be a daunting task, but one Neely Bruce, professor of music, professor of American Studies, was excited to undertake.

The result of his work will be premiered at the 2010 Spoleto Festival, in Charleston, S.C., and was applauded by The New York Times. Spoleto runs from May 28-June 13 and is one of The United States’ largest annual arts festivals. Bruce said recreating Flora was “a big job” but one that was well worth the effort, saying the libretto had always been “extremely funny with a strong sense of language, and it’s quite salacious, with stock comedy situations — some of them very broad, almost slapstick.”

Bruce Conducts Symphony in Guggenheim Museum

Neely Bruce, at bottom of photo, conducts "Orbits" inside the Guggenheim Museum. The event was featured in the New York Times. (Photo by Robert Stolarik for the New York Times)

Neely Bruce, at bottom of photo, conducts "Orbits" inside the Guggenheim Museum. The event was featured in The New York Times. (Photo by Robert Stolarik for The New York Times)

Neely Bruce, professor of music, lead 89 trombones, a soprano and an organ in the East Coast premiere of Henry Brant’s “Orbits” in the rotunda of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum June 21, as part of both the museum’s Works & Process series and the citywide festival Make Music New York.

A New York Times article on the event is online here. Henry Brant is a 1998 Honorary Degree recipient.