Young Caesar

Young Caesar is Lou Harrison’s wonderfully accomplished portrayal of homosexual love as deeply human and deeply humane. It started as a small gamelan puppet opera and gradually morphed into a work reaching towards the full operatic stage. This edition, by Yuval Sharon and me, was a labor of great love, made in cooperation with the Harrison estate and Lou’s original collaborators. It was made in the faith that this unique and glowingly beautiful work can now deservedly enter the operatic canon. This edition’s orchestration combines Harrison’s original desire to use his just-intonation and Asian instruments with his later, more traditional operatic elements. We were thrilled to work with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in bringing this work to the stage and furthermore making an excellent recording that we trust will help send this work in to the canon where it deserves to be.