Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

His Opera Hit High Notes at Grammys

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

His Opera Hit High Notes at Grammys

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It was an honor and a bit of vindication when Montclair State University professor Robert Aldridge heard his opera "Elmer Gantry" announced as the winner of the Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. Librettist Herschel Garfein shared the award, which recognized their opera based on the Sinclair Lewis novel.

The CD of the opera, "Aldridge: Elmer Gantry" won the Grammy for Best Engineered Album, Classical.

"We always believed in the piece, but there were times in that long journey where we thought it was the end of the road," says Aldridge, who had the idea for the opera in 1991. "So now it's particularly gratifying that the music industry's highest reward went to this."

He and Garfein suffered through many rejections.

"Dozens, most of the big ones," says the professor at the John J. Cali School of Music, adding that those years probably made the end product better as he learned and improved it along the way. "They were interested enough to meet with us, but not interested enough to do it. …

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