Harvey Milk

Opera in Three Acts

"The best new American opera in many years, maybe the best new opera, period." - Francois Tousignant, Le Devoir, Montreal

Libretto by Michael Korie
World premiere Houston Grand Opera 

January 1995
Directed by Christopher Alden
Conducted by Ward Holmquist
Commissioned by Houston Grand Opera,
New York City Opera and San Francisco Opera

New York Premiere Lincoln Center April 1995

Directed by Christopher Alden

New York City Opera Christopher Keene conducting

German Premiere Dortmund, Germany 

February 1996

Directed by John Dew

Theater Dortmund Daniel Klayner conducting

San Francisco Premiere November 1996

Directed by Christopher Alden

San Francisco Opera Donald Runnicles conducting

Harvey Milk CD on Teldec Classics
Donald Runnicles conducting the San Francisco Opera
10 principals, large chorus, full orchestra
3 hours

Harvey Milk tells of the life and death of America's first openly gay elected official. Milk's character is explored as a complex interplay between his dual heritage: part gay, part Jewish.

The work concludes with a Kaddish for Harvey Milk interspersing the text of the traditional Aramaic prayer with the memories of those who worked with him.

Harvey Milk is dedicated to Paul S. Woerner

Harvey Milk: From Man to Myth to Opera


Harvey Milk CD





Samples as Audio and Video Files

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Video-Sample 1 (Video, 1:36)


Video-Sample 2 (Video, 2:00)


Prologue - Nov 28, 1978 (Audio, 1:28)


Remember this Moment (Audio, 3:33)


Gay Bashing - Faggots (Audio, 1:07)


Love Duet - Harvey and Scott (Audio, 6:17)


Murder - Voice of Harvey Milk (Audio, 1:26)


Kaddish (Audio, 11:36)