<i>No for an Answer</i> (1937–1940)

Howard Pollack

in Marc Blitzstein

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199791590
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199949625 | DOI:
                   No for an Answer (1937–1940)

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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

Chapter.  12363 words. 

Subjects: American Music ; Popular Music

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