FULL SACCO AND VANZETTI (Blitzstein & Lehrman) Westport CT 2001
Information on the Performance
- Work Title: SACCO AND VANZETTI
- Composer: Lehrman Leonard
- Libretto: based on letters, transcripts, etc. re two Italian immigrant anarchists, their arrest, trial, and execution in Massachusetts for crimes they did not commit.    Libretto Text, Libretto Index
- Venue & Opera Company: The White Barn Theatre, Westport, Connecticut
- Recorded: Aug. 19, 2001
- Type: Staged Opera Live
- Singers: Ruth Johnson, Mark Wolff, Steven Tharp, Lars Woodul, Gregory Mercer, James Sergi, Helene Williams, Tara Venditti
- Conductor: Leonard Lehrman, Michael Pilafian
- Stage Director:
- Costume Designer:
Information about the Recording
- Published by: Leonard J. Lehrman
- Date Published: 2011
- Format: Unknown
- Quality Video: 2 Audio:2
- Subtitles: yessubs, ensubs, gensubs
- Video Recording from: YouTube     FULL VIDEO
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS PERFORMANCE
Stoughton, Massachusetts, May 1920.
Nicola Sacco (Gregory Mercer) consoles
Bartolomeo Vanzetti (James Sergi) on the death
of their comrade, Andrea Salsedo, who fell, or was pushed,
from the 14th floor of a N.Y. City police station.
“I think that we are next.”
They decide to go with a friend in his car to pick up
anarchist literature that may be considered incriminating.
At the Elm Square Garage, where the car was left to be repaired,
Mrs. Johnson (Helene Williams)spots the men as Italians, and
tells her husband (Lars Woodul) to stall while she calls the police.
Arrested and brought to the Brockton police station,
Sacco and Vanzetti are fingered by reluctant witnesses
Mary Splaine (Tara Venditti) & Michael Levangie Lars Woodul).
The defendants are visited in prison by
Elizabeth Glendower Evans (Tammy Hensrud)
and attorney John W. McAnarney (Lars Woodul),
who inform them that they are charged not with anarchism
but with robbery and murder.
Judge Webster Thayer (Steven Tharp) presides at the trial,
assisted by Clerk Robert Worthington (Tara Venditti),
in an atmosphere of jingoism, following right after a Memorial Day parade.
Rosa Sacco (Monica Harte) visits
her husband (Gregory Mercer) in prison.
Sacco goes mad.
Guard Edward Miller (Steven Tharp) reads the confession of
Celestino Madeiros (Monica Harte), exculpating Sacco and
Vanzetti (James Sergi) of the crime.
Governor Fuller’s commission–Harvard president
A. Lawrence Lowell (Steven Tharp),
Judge Robert Grant (Robert Osborne),and
M.I.T. president Samuel W. Stratton (Tara Venditti)–approve
the decision not to pardon the convicted Sacco and Vanzetti: “It
is a well known fact that all Italians lie and steal.” “Just like Jews.”
Aug. 1927 Reporter Philip Stong (Mark Wolff) brings hope
and telegrams of worldwide protest,
but Vanzetti (James Sergi) tells him:
“We will die…. That agony is our triumph.”
Fifty years later, Governor Michael Dukakis exonerated them.