Eating Their Research

The Sensations of Jim

The Awakening

Wisconsin State Journal: Two brothers: One libretto, one Lombardi

In a piece featuring Spanish professor James Maraniss and his brother David, the longtime Amherst faculty member had this to say about the much-anticipated production of the opera Life is a Dream, for which he wrote the libretto: “Not to sound pompous, but I feel now like I’ve been involved in something of lasting significance.”

Lewis Spratlan's What Dreams May Come

Opera News investigated the lengthy gestation of emeritus music professor Lewis Spratlan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Life Is a Dream, for which Spanish professor James Maraniss wrote the English-language libretto.

A Dream Come True

[Opera] Lewis Spratlan, an emeritus professor of music, and James Maraniss, a Spanish professor, wrote an opera (Spratlan the music, Maraniss the libretto) in the late 1970s while living in adjacent apartments. Life is a Dream, based on the 17th-century Spanish play La vida es sueno, won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize in Music (for Act II, concert version) but has never been performed in full. Until now. The opera will premiere this summer at the Santa Fe Opera,