ABSTRACT Robert Wardâ€™s The Crucible: Politics and Personal Relationships in an Operatic Adaptation Ryan Francis Burns, DMA University of Connecticut, 2017 American composer, Robert Eugene Ward (1917-2013), made a significant contribution to the world of musical composition. His most enduring legacy is likely to remain his award-winning operatic adaptation of Arthur Millerâ€™s The Crucible, which premiered in 1961 by the New York City Opera. In politics, the personal can often be secondary, but for Wardâ€™s opera, with political content at its very core, it is essential. By analyzing John Proctorâ€™s relationship with his wife, Elizabeth, and his former mistress, Abigail Williams, one is able to better understand how the witchcraft hysteria took hold of a small New England town in 1692. This dissertation will begin by offering a brief survey of the life and works of Robert Ward, as well as a summary of the historical events that made Salem notorious in 1692, and of Arthur Millerâ€™s play. The discussion will then proceed to a consideration of the issues surrounding opera on political themes, analyzing The Crucible alongside such well-known operas as Mozartâ€™s Le nozze di Figaro, Beethovenâ€™s Fidelio, Meyerbeerâ€™s Les Huguenots, and Adamsâ€™ Nixon in China. This historical background and critical framework will provide the foundation for a detailed analysis of the important relationships in Wardâ€™s opera, and how these are to be evaluated in relation to its broader political themes. Finally, a discussion as to how such an approach might be applied to other operas with political subject matter will be offered.
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|Author||: Ryan F Burns|
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