Episode 20 - 1962: Robert Ward, The Crucible

Hearing The Pulitzers

Jun 20 2021 • 29 mins

In this episode, Dave and Andrew turn to the fifth opera to win a Pulitzer Prize, Robert Ward's The Crucible. The opera is based on Arthur Miller's award-winning play that even today is considered an American classic. Does the opera hold up as well?

If you're interested in more information about Robert Ward or The Crucible, we recommend:

  1. Robert Kolt's book Robert Ward's The Crucible: Creating an American Musical Nationalism.
  2. Robert Kolt's article "The Devil Made Me Do It! History to Play to Opera: Media Transformation in Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible'" in the Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies Vol. 20, No. 1 (Spring, 2014), pp. 55-76.
  3. Charles Patrick Wolver's 1986 dissertation "Robert Ward's The Crucible: A Critical Commentary."