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Kennedy’s ‘Roscoe’ becomes inspiration for new opera

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As soon as Evan Mack began reading the William Kennedy novel “Roscoe,” he knew that he wanted to set it to music.

Mack, a professor of music theory and piano at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, had just completed his second opera and was looking for a new project. His father gave him a copy of “Roscoe,” and he was immediately hooked.

“I’ve always been a fan of William Kennedy, and I said ‘This ...

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