Opera Catalog Highlights – Holiday Theme


Della’s Gift|Martin Avdéich: A Christmas Tale|Simeon

Opera in One Act
Dan Welcher
Libretto by Paul Woodruff
Based on “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry
New York, 1905. Della and Jim, a poor young couple very much in love, each secretly makes a sacrifice in order to buy the other a Christmas present. Their actions are contrasted with those of a rich man and his mistress.
Duration: 70′
Cast: Lyric Soprano, 3 Mezzo-soprano (1 humorous), Character Tenor, 2 Tenor, Lyric Baritone
Instr: 1(Picc.) 1 2 1 – 2 2 1 0; Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Hp. Str.(min. 6 5 4 3 2)
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An Opera in One Act
Music and libretto by Robert Downard
Based on a story by Tolstoy, this opera chronicles a special Christmas in the life of an embittered shoemaker who, through a series of seemingly ordinary visitations, learns the true meaning of the holiday and rediscovers his own sense of compassion.

Excerpts from “Martin Avdéich: A Christmas Tale”

Duration: 60′
Cast: Alto, Coloratura Soprano, Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Bass; Chorus of Pilgrims (4-part men) and Tavern-Comrades (SATB)
Instr: 1 1(E.H.) 0 0 – 1 0 0 0; Timp. Perc. Pno. Str.
Premiere: December 15, 1985. Opera Colorado and the Denver Chamber Orchestra, conducted by JoAnn Falletta.
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Opera in Three Scenes
Dwight Gustafson
Libretto by David Burke, after the story in the Bible (Luke 2: 25-32)
God has promised Simeon, an aging candle-maker, that he will not die before he sees the Messiah. With his time growing short, Simeon wonders how much longer he must wait. But what is this story of angels he hears from Bethlehem shepherds? What heavenly sign could compel Eastern Magi to send an emissary to Jerusalem? And who is this Child a poor couple brings to dedicate at the Temple? [Simeon’s canticle is known as the “Nunc Dimittis”]
Duration: 60′
Cast: Boy Soprano, Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, 2 Tenor, 2 Baritone, Bass, 2 Spoken roles (male), Chorus
Instr: 2(Picc.) 2(E.H.) 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Synthesizer Str.; 2 or 3 off-stage Trombones
Commission: Commissioned by Bob Jones University.
Premiere: December 8, 2006.
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