Riders of the Purple Sage: The Making of a Western Opera (DVD)

Directed by Kristin Atwell Ford

Release Year: 2020
Running Time: 82
UPC: 7 20229 91817 6
Optional English Subtitles: Yes
Color Type: Color
Country: U.S.
Language: English
Genres: Documentary
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Cast
Ed Mell
Craig Bohmler
Fenlon Lamb
Steven Mark Kohn
Joseph Mechavich
Keitaro Harada
Karin Wolverton
Morgan Smith
Laura Wilde
Joshua Jeremiah
Joshua Dennis
Keith Phares
Kristopher Irmiter

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Directed by Kristin Atwell Ford

Riders of the Purple Sage: The Making of a Western Opera follows a classically trained composer as he adapts a dime novel masterpiece into a grand opera. In 1912, Zane Grey’s 'Riders of the Purple Sage' flew off bookshelves around the world and today is recognized by the Library of Congress as “One Hundred Books that Shaped America.”

A century later, composer Craig Bohmler takes shelter in Zane Grey's cabin during a rainstorm. There, amidst posters from Grey’s Hollywood Westerns, Bohmler discovers a story with the grand dimensions of opera; he decides then and there to mount the legendary frontier novel for the operatic stage. Alongside a team of designers, musicians, singers, and fine art painter Ed Mell, Bohmler translates America's cowboy culture and sprawling beauty of the West ?into the realm of Puccini and Verdi.


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