Under the Arbor DVD

from Robert & Elizabeth Greenleaf Music


“One of the most charming new works to appear on the operatic stage in decades." Kirk Browning, former Director of PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center

Under the Arbor, a two act opera by composer Robert Greenleaf, based on a libretto and story by Marian Carcache was performed in Birmingham, AL, in 1992, was broadcast on Public Television in 1994 and was subsequently nominated for an EMMY award by the Atlanta Chapter of NATAS. Under the Arbor won a Finalist Award in the International Film and Television Festival of New York, placing it as the best Performing Arts Special in the United States and one of the top six Performing Arts Specials in the world for 1994. Under the Arbor has been distributed on videocassette in the United States and Canada by Kultur International, Ltd., and is now available on DVD.

This vibrant new opera is a coming of age story set on the banks of the Chattahoochee River in 1943. The plot turns on the romance of two young lovers, Hallelujah Jernigan and Robert Patterson Lee. Hallie and Robert take the first steps towards sexual awakening as religion, guilt, magic, and voodoo intermingle to illuminate the intricate tapestry of the southern experience, both black and white.

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Robert & Elizabeth Greenleaf Music Auburn, Alabama

Well known as a composer of piano music, Elizabeth Greenleaf has had numerous pieces published by The FJH Music Company.

Dr. Robert Greenleaf is an Emeritus Professor of Music at Auburn University. His opera Under the Arbor premiered in 1992 and was shown nationally on Public Television in 1994.
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