The Highway (an opera noir in four scenes) “The Highway on the Right” (excerpt)
Based on a tale by O. Henry, The Highway is a contemporary story of a young man’s attempt to forge an artistic life in the face of various difficulties.
New Music New Haven (Jacob Druckman, artistic director) and Yale Opera (Doris Yarick-Cross, artistic director) presented a semi-staged performance of this work with chamber orchestra at Yale on April 16, 1992. In this duet from Scene 2, James and Melody fall in love. Douglas Purcell (tenor) is James and Cynthia Zielski (soprano) is Melody. The conductor is Thomas Duffy, with stage direction by Paul Schick.