We spoke with Bohmler about his new opera, setting Grey's story to music, and about creating a world of sound for the American Southwest.
From Sage to Stage, Part II. The first musical moments of Riders of the Purple Sage charge out of the gate: lofty horns, pounding drums and a big, sprawling score that has you expecting The Magnificent Seven. Craig Bohmler, who composed the music for Arizona Opera's upcoming adaptation of the celebrated Zane Grey novel, says that's the idea.
'Purple Sage' world premiere tops Arizona Opera's 2016-17 season. A mark-your-calendar alert for opera buffs and fans of classic Westerns alike: Arizona Opera’s first world premiere, an adaptation of the Zane Grey novel “Riders of the Purple Sage,” tops the list of productions for the company’s just-announced 2016-17 season.
See the making of an American opera. It’s not often art lovers get to see a work in progress let alone contribute to it, but Arizona Opera gives fans the opportunity to do just that this weekend when they present the first reading of Riders of the Purple Sage — an original opera based on Zane Grey’s western novel, set on the Arizona-Utah border.