Opera Catalog Highlights – Chamber Opera


Frustration|Red Carnations|Rappahannock County|The Yellow Wallpaper

A Mini-Opera in One Act
Music and Libretto by Sheldon Harnick
A comedy about Mélisande and her supposed Pelléas, who, being French but singing in English, express themselves in a delightful Franglais.
Duration: 7′
Cast: Soprano, Alto
Instr: Cl. Pno. Vln.
Score and Parts
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Opera in One Act
Robert Baksa
Libretto by the composer from the play by Glenn Hughes
A boy and girl meet in disguise at a costume party, and arrange a date: he will wear a red carnation. However, at the appointed place, she finds not only the boy, but also an older man, both wearing red carnations. The girl’s apparent confusion leads to a lively interaction between the three characters.
Soprano Aria: “Mister Smith”
Tenor Aria: “One Evening Last Week”
Duration: 35′
Cast: Soprano, Tenor, Baritone
Instr: 1 1 2 1 – 0 0 0 0; Pno. Str. (3Vln. Vla. 2Vcl. Cb.)
Commission: Commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Piano/Vocal Score
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Full Score
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A Theatrical Song Cycle about the Civil War
Ricky Ian Gordon
Libretto by Mark Campbell
A theatrical song cycle that captures key emotional, sociological and historical moments in the Civil War. Much of the text was inspired by actual events and drawn from diaries, letters, and other accounts. The narrative, as it is, follows the lines of history, from Secession in 1861 to defeat in 1865, and is in five parts. Although the story is centered geographically in Virginia, its themes are universal to the Civil War.

Excerpts from “Rappahannock County”

Duration: 85′
Cast: Soprano (African-American), Mezzo-soprano (Caucasian), Tenor (Caucasian), 2 Baritones (1 African-American, 1 Caucasian)
Instr: 1(d.Picc.) 1(d.E.H.) 2(d.B.Cl.) 1 – 1 1(d.Flglhn.) 1 0; Timp. Perc. Pno.(d.Cel.) Str.
Commission: Co-commissioned by the Virginia Arts Festival, Virginia Opera, the Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond, and Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas at Austin.
Premiere: April 12, 2011. Members of The Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Rob Fisher, conductor. Harrison Opera House, Norfolk, VA
Piano/Vocal Score
Purchase – $40.00
Full Score
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Chamber Opera
Dan Welcher
Libretto by the composer
Based on the short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
What lies beyond the yellow wallpaper? A woman confined to her bedroom by her well-meaning yet misguided husband struggles with motherhood, imprisonment, isolation and madness.

Excerpts from “The Yellow Wallpaper”

Duration: 85′
Cast: Mezzo-soprano or Dramatic Soprano, off-stage Soprano
Orchestration: 1(d.Picc.) 1(d.E.H.) 1 1 – 1 1 0 0; 1Perc. Pno./Syn. Hp. Str.
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