An Opera in Five Acts

Ricky Ian Gordon

Libretto by Royce Vavrek
Performing Ensemble: Opera without Chorus
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

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Michael Christie · Elizabeth Futral · Stephanie Blythe · Theo Lebow · Tobias Greenhalgh · Daniel Brevik. ℗ 2015 Albany Records. Released on: 2015-02-01.

Quick Overview

When James Robinson asked me to write an opera for the great Stephanie Blythe, I thought immediately of a lifelong obsession, Gertrude Stein. At Carnegie Mellon University, at the age of seventeen, I picked up the book Charmed Circle just before catching a terrible cold, and read it in the course of a week in bed. I remember nothing that week but eating tangerines and reading about Gertrude and Alice and their milieu. I was mesmerized by their world. Gertrude was in many ways a perfect role model. She was committed to her own muse, ruggedly individual, unswayed by others? opinions, and uninhibited in terms of being who she was, loving whom she loved, weighing what she weighed, having opinions and facing the repercussions of them bravely. She loved beauty and was constantly interpreting and reinterpreting what she thought was beautiful. Mostly, she believed in herself with such rigor it fascinated me. And her world ? the habitu

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Scores & Parts

27 - Piano Reduction/Vocal Score
27 - Choral Part(s)

Additional Information

Cast Voices Mezzo-soprano, 4 supporting singers (Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Bass-Baritone, singing a variety of roles)
Commission Commissioned by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Composition Date 2014
Duration 01:35:00
Librettist Vavrek, Royce
Orchestration 2(2nd dbl. Picc.) 2(2nd dbl. E.H.) 2 2(2nd dbl. Cbsn.) AltoSax.; 2 2 2(2nd = B.Tbn.) 0; Timp. 2Perc. Hp. Pno. Str. (
Premiere June 14, 17, 19, 25, 27 and 29, 2014. St. Louis, MissouriOpera Theatre of Saint LouisStephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano

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