Music by Eric Sawyer
Libretto by Harley Erdman
Based on the book by Barry Werth
The Scarlet Professor, winner of the 2019 American Prize for Best Opera composition, is a new opera based upon a true story of shame and scandal from 1960: a renowned English professor arrested and disgraced for possessing gay magazines and materials.
It premiered September 2017 at Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Arts, Smith College, Northampton, MA: the same campus where the events took place.
For inquiries about rights to future productions, please contact Eric Sawyer.
Downloadable libretto of opera.
Video of entire production.
The cast featured William Hite, Keith Phares, Blythe Gaissert, Sarah Pelletier, Bryan Pollock, James Demler, Kristen Watson, Sumner Thompson
Stage Director: Ron Bashford
Musical Director: Eduardo Leandro
A public symposium took place on September 16, 2017.
Sponsored by the Five College Opera
Supported by Amherst College, Smith College, the Amherst Art Series Fund, and the Joseph & Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.