Opera Catalog Highlights – Monodrama


Green Sneakers|Marrying the Hangman|Medusa|Molly Manybloom

For Baritone, Empty Chair, String Quartet, and Piano
Ricky Ian Gordon
Libretto by composer
A dramatic cycle of songs documenting the composer’s emotional journey through a day that he faced as his partner was dying of AIDS.

Excerpts from “Green Sneakers”

Duration: 60′
Cast: Baritone
Instr: String Quartet (Piano used as prop only, not played)
Commission: Commissioned for the 2008 Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival
Premiere: July 15, 2008. Jesse Blumberg, baritone, Miami String Quartet; Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek, CO.
Piano/Vocal Score
Purchase – $25.00
Full Score
Purchase – $35.00

Chamber Opera for Mezzo-soprano and 7 Players
Ronald Caltabiano
Text by Margaret Atwood
In eighteenth-century Québec, the only way for someone under sentence of death to escape hanging was, for a man, to become a hangman, or, for a woman, to marry one. In 1738, Françoise Laurent, sentenced to hang for stealing, persuaded Jean Corolère, in the next cell, to apply for the vacant post of executioner, and also to marry her…
Duration: 45′
Cast: Mezzo-soprano
Instr: Fl.(dbl. Picc., A.Fl.) Cl.(dbl. EbCl., B.Cl.) A.Sax.(dbl. T.Sax.) Perc. Pno. Vln. Vcl.
Premiere: July 11, 1999. Psappha chamber ensemble, conducted by Nicholas Kok; Cheltenham Music Festival, England.
Piano/Vocal Score
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Monodrama for Dramatic Soprano and String Orchestra
William Bolcom
Libretto by Arnold Weinstein
A real tour de force for the soprano, who portrays not only the monster from Greek mythology, but also the beautiful maiden that she once was.
Duration: 25′
Cast: Soprano
Instr: String Orchestra
Commission: Co-commissioned by the Carnegie Hall Corporation and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.
Premiere: March 5, 2003. Catherine Malfitano, Soprano, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies; Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
Full Score
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For Soprano and String Quartet
Victoria Bond
Text from “Ulysses” by James Joyce
A setting in 16 episodes and a Prologue of Molly Bloom’s soliloquy from “Ulysses” by James Joyce.
Episode 9, “Milly”
Duration: 45′
Cast: Soprano
Instr: 2Vln. Vla. Vcl.
Premiere: March 10, 1991. L’Ensemble: Ida Faiella, soprano; Barry Fincair, Ruth Waterman, violins, Paul Cortese, viola, Beverly Lauridson, cello; Albany, NY.
Score and Parts
Purchase – $194.95
Study Score
Purchase – $67.99