Joshua’s Boots|Mooch the Magnificent|Rufus and Rita|Stone Soup
Cast: 4 Soprano, Pop Mezzo-soprano, 2 Tenor 2 Baritone, other male voices; Chorus (boys & girls) (some doublings possible)
Instr: Fl.(dbl. Picc.) Cl. Vln. Vcl. Pno. Perc. (opt. on stage instr: Vln. Pno.)
Commission: Commissioned by The Opera Theatre of St. Louis and The Kansas City Lyric Opera.
Premiere: June 11, 1998; Opera Theatre of St. Louis. 2000; Kansas City Lyric Opera.
This through-composed piece with lively music by Adolphus Hailstork and a clever libretto by Susan Kander is singable by older students and a few young professionals, but sophisticated enough to qualify as opera.
—The Wall Street Journal
Engaging and heartwarming…It favors a tangy Franco-American lyricism, while assimilating echoes of spirituals, cowboy songs and jazzy inflections.
—The Kansas City Star
Children’s Opera in One Act
Libretto by Scott Russell Sanders
Based on the novel “The Engineer of Beasts”
Roundabout Opera for Kids performs “Mooch the Magnificent”
Cast: Narrator (may be pianist); Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Child (optional spoken role), 3 silent roles (older students or adults)
Instr: Cl. Vcl. Pno. Perc.
Commission: Commissioned by Roundabout Opera for Kids, Kimberly Carballo, director.
Premiere: August 31, 2012. Roundabout Opera for Kids. Sara Radke, director; Monroe County Public Library, Bloomington, IN.
Purchase – $50.99
An Opera for Young Audiences
Words and Music by Lauren Bernofsky
Concept by Kimberly Carballo and Lauren Bernofsky
Reimagining Opera for Kids performs “Rufus and Rita”
Cast: Four adult singers of any voice type (any part can be sung by a male or female voice).
Instr: Piano, two treble instruments, one bass instrument. A piano/vocal version is also available.
Commission: Commissioned by Reimagining Opera for Kids, Kimberly Carballo, director.
Excerpts from “Stone Soup”
Cast: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, 3 x SATB (for chamber productions, these roles can be taken by the 4 principals), 4 non-singing roles
Instr: Piano accompaniment, or 1 1 1 1 – 0 1 1 0; 2Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
Commission: Commissioned by Young Audiences of Greater Philadelphia for in-school Opera Workshop repertory.
Premiere: February 22, 1983; Elena Clancy, Martine Johns, Jeremy Slavin, Gregory Cantwell, singers, and Doug Tester, piano; Young Audiences of Philadelphia at Scenic Hills Elementary School, Springfield, PA.
Purchase – $19.95
Purchase – $86.95