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27|Morning Star|My Friend’s Story|The Picture of Dorian Gray|A Question of Taste

An Opera in Five Acts
Ricky Ian Gordon
Libretto by Royce Vavrek
The “clever, witty libretto” [Saint Louis Post-Dispatch] by Royce Vavrek celebrates the life of Gertrude Stein and the legendary salons she hosted at 27 rue de Fleurus in Paris. The opera draws the audience into the artistic environment that Stein created and shared with many important artists of the twentieth century including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Man Ray, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. At its core, 27 is a portrait of a genius and her legacy as knitted to life by Alice B. Toklas, her wife.
Act I: Prologue, Alice Knits the World
Act IV: “Jury of My Canvas”
Duration: 95′
Cast: Mezzo-soprano, 4 supporting singers (Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Bass-Baritone)
Instr: 2 2 2 2 AltoSax. – 2 2 2 0; Timp. 2Perc. Hp. Pno. Str.
Commission: Commissioned by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Premiere: June 14, 2014. Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano
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Full Score (Acts 1-2)
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Full Score (Acts 3-5)
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An Opera in Two Acts
Ricky Ian Gordon
Libretto by William M. Hoffman
Based on Sylvia Regan’s play and on parallels with the composer’s own family, the opera is a deeply touching character piece about life among Jewish immigrants in New York City’s Lower East Side. The diverse cast of Haitian, Irish, and Italian characters set a fitting backdrop of lower Manhattan in the first part of the 20th century. Hope blossoms and is dashed as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911, World War I, and the Great Depression lead to death, divorce, and despair. Through it all, Ricky Ian Gordon’s engaging score and William M. Hoffman’s colorful libretto maintain charming threads of love, optimism, comedy, and tragedy.
Approaching the World Premiere
Highlights from Cincinnati Opera
Duration: 150′
Cast: 4 Soprano, 3 Mezzo-soprano, 3 Tenor, 2 Baritone, 1 Bass-Baritone, 1 Boy (13 yrs. old, 1 spoken roles)
Instr: 2(2 dbl. Picc.) 1(dbl. E.H.) 3(3=B.Cl., dbl. Cl.) – 2 2 2(B.Tbn.) 0; Timp. 2Perc. Pno/Cel. Str. (
Commission: Commissioned by the Cincinnati Opera
Premiere: June 30th-July 19th, 2015. Cincinnati Opera, Corbett Theater, School for Creative and Performing Arts, Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, OH.
Purchase – $80.00
Full Score – Act I
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Full Score – Act II
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An Opera
Martin Bresnick
Libretto by J. D. McClatchy
Based on Anton Chekhov’s story “Strakh”
Peter is an idealist and has everything a man could want — a farm, his health, a beautiful wife – but begins to worry about a nameless terror. He recalls how his wife (Milena) told him, when they married, that she would not love him but would remain faithful to him. Eventually an erotic exchange occurs between Peter’s wife and his friend (the Narrator), forcing both Peter and the Narrator to question why anything happens the way it does — without our wanting or understanding it.

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Duration: 75′
Cast: Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Bass
Instr: 2Cl.(2nd dbl. B.Cl.) Vln. Vcl. Cb. Pno. Perc.
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Opera in Two Acts
Lowell Liebermann
Libretto by the composer
Adapted from the novel by Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde’s well-known story of eternal youth is brought to the stage, with external beauty only thinly disguising the ugliness that can inhabit men’s souls.

Final scene of “The Picture of Dorian Gray”

Duration: 120′
Cast: Principal Roles: Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Bass; two secondary roles and three minor roles
Orchestration: 3 3 3 3 – 4 3 3 0; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str. On-stage Upright Piano, Off-stage Violin
Reduced Orchestration: 2(Picc.) 2 2(B.Cl.) 2 – 2 2 1 0; Timp. Perc. Hp. Kbd, Str.
Premiere: May 8, 1996. L’Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, conducted by Steuart Bedford, directed by John Cox
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Study Score
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Opera in One Act
William Schuman
Libretto by J.D. McClatchy, after a story by Roald Dahl
A New York society dinner party, 1910. A father is willing to stake the hand of his daughter in a bet that one of his guests, a noted, wealthy oenophile, cannot identify the wine he is serving. The daughter is outraged, but finally consents to the wager, since her father is confident that the wine will not be identified, and the oenophile promises half a million dollars will be hers whatever the outcome, a sum that would enable her to marry her boyfriend (also a guest at the dinner). Who will win the bet?
“No meal can be called complete”
Duration: 50′
Cast: Soprano, 2 Mezzo-Soprano, 1 Female (unsung), Tenor, 2 Baritone
Instr: 2(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 2 2 2 0; 2Perc. Cel. Str.
Premiere: June 24, 1989. Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown, NY; Stewart Robertson, conductor, B. Rodney Marriott, stage director
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