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FULL For Whom the Bell Tolls (Grundstrom) Washington DC 2023 Alan Naylor, Eliza Bonet, Kelly Curtin, Sean Pflueger

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  • Published by: Brian Wilbur Grundstrom  
  • Date Published: 2023  
  • Format: Streaming
  • Quality Video: 4 Audio:4
  • Subtitles: yessubs, ensubs  
  • Video Recording from: YouTube     FULL VIDEO

Hem­ing­way was a larger-than-life personality. In his popular novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls, we can see some of the author in the character of Robert Jordan, an idealistic young American in 1930’s Spain, who accepts a doomed mission to blow up a bridge.

Through his lyrical melody-driven music, Brian Wil­bur Grund­strom brings out the emotional depths of the characters and new insight to this Hem­ing­way classic. Using the full versatility of opera, David Dorsen’s libretto and Grund­strom’s music explore Hem­ing­way’s themes of trust, loyalty, honor, love, betrayal, fear, pain, loss, and sacrifice, while adding modern insight, as Robert Jordan’s notions of honor clash with the reality of civil war.

The opera takes place in the mountains of northern Spain during the Spanish Civil War in 1937.

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