Opera Catalog Highlights – “Native” to Texas


Bandanna|The Hotel Casablanca|Oedipus Tex

An Opera in Two Acts and a Prologue
Daron Hagen
Libretto by Paul Muldoon
To a striking and intensely poetic modern libretto by Irish poet Paul Muldoon, freely based on Shakespeare’s play Othello, Daron Hagen has composed one of the best operas of the present era. Bandanna is set in a small town on the U.S. – Mexico border during the fall of 1968. The story embraces the timeless themes of love and betrayal within the context of the Vietnam era and the continuing struggle for survival waged by illegal immigrants and migrant workers who inhabit the “border” towns of a literal and symbolic world.

Trailer for the Opera

Duration: 120′
Cast: Solo Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, Tenor, 2Baritone, Bass-baritone; SATB Chorus
Instr: 2Fl.(1st dbl. Picc. 2nd dbl. Picc. A.Fl.) 2Ob.(E.H.) 3Cl.(B.Cl.) 2Bsn. – S.Sax. A.Sax. T.Sax. B.Sax. – 2Tpt.(Fgl.Hn.) 2Hn. Euph.(opt) 2Tbn. Tba. 3Db.; Timp. Perc. Pno. Hp.; Onstage
Commission: Commissioned by the College Band Directors National Association
Premiere: February, 25 1999. University of Texas Opera Theater, Michael Haithcock, director; McCullough Theater, Austin, TX.
Piano/Vocal Score
Purchase – $85.00
Full Score (Prologue & Act I)
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Full Score (Act II)
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Comic Opera in Two Acts
Thomas Pasatieri
Inspired by “A Flea in Her Ear” by Georges Feydeau
The comedy takes place in 1948 and tells the story of a wealthy Texas couple who wants to “toughen up” their 25-year-old nephew from New York. The action transpires at the Double-T Ranch and a seedy hotel, where assorted eccentric guests add to the mayhem of the stay.

Excerpts from “The Hotel Casablanca”

Duration: 100′
Cast: 2 Soprano, 2 Mezzo-soprano, Tenor, 2 Baritone, 2 Bass-Baritone
Instr: 1 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 0; Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.7tet (or Str. Section)
Commission: Commissioned by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Premiere: August 3, 2007. San Francisco Opera Center Merola Singers, conducted by Joseph Illick, directed by Richard Kagey; Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA.
Piano/Vocal Score
Purchase – $40.00
Full Score
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Opera (or Dramatic Oratorio) in One Cathartic Act
P.D.Q. Bach
Libretto by Peter Schickele
One of the more ambitious works by P.D.Q. Bach, a dramatic oratorio loosely based on the story of Oedipus the King. Edited from a manuscript discovered at the Alamo in Texas.

Duration: 30′
Cast: SATB Soloists, SATB Chorus
Instr: 1 1 1 1 – 1 2 1 0; Timp. Perc. Kbd. Harmonica or Harm. Str
Commission: The discovery of this work was commissioned by the Betty Devine Singers of Houston.
Piano/Vocal Score
Purchase – $11.99
Full Score
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