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Marc BlitzsteinHis Life, His Work, His World$
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Howard Pollack

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199791590

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791590.001.0001

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No for an Answer (1937–1940)

No for an Answer (1937–1940)

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(p.219) 12 No for an Answer (1937–1940)
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Marc Blitzstein
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Howard Pollack

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791590.003.0012

This chapter discusses the opera No for an Answer and its long genesis, during which the composer became close friends with David Diamond and Mina Curtiss, the sister of impresario Lincoln Kirstein. Deemed one of Blitzstein’s best works by Aaron Copland, the opera received a few performances in early 1941 (occasioning Carol Channing’s Broadway debut), but world developments decided Blitzstein against pursuing a Broadway run. The work has only occasionally been revived, including a recent production in San Francisco by A.C.T. (American Conservatory Theater).

Keywords:   David Diamond, Mina Curtiss, No for an Answer, Carol Channing, American Conservatory Theater

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