Tony Caruso's Final Broadcast

Opera in Ten Short Scenes

Paul Salerni

Performing Ensemble: Opera without Chorus
Text: Libretto by Dana Gioia.
Duration: 52:00
Publisher: Merion Music, Inc.
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

The opera takes place in a classical music radio station on the last night of its operations: at midnight the station's new management will convert to an "Easy-Listening" format. The station's final program, "Opera Lover," is hosted by Antonio Caruso, a failed tenor who has worked on the show for 27 years. The station intern and radio engineer try to comfort Tony for his impending loss. Meanwhile the new management celebrates its market plan aimed at the drive-time listener. During the final broadcast, Tony remembers his early dreams of artistic fame and success as the "second Caruso." In his desperate state, Tony is visited by three ghosts or visions: his dead mother, Maria Callas, and finally a mysterious woman.

Additional Information

Cast Voices Boy Soprano, 5 Soprano, 3 Mezzo-soprano, 1 Tenor, 1 Baritone, 1 Bass-baritone, 1 Speaking role
Composition Date 2004, rev. 2006
Orchestration Fl. Ob.(dbl. Bari.Sax.)* Cl. A.Sax. T.Sax.(dbl.B.Cl.) - 2Tpt. Tbn. B.Tbn.; Drum Set Perc. Gtr.(Acous. & Elec.) Kbds.(Pno., Synth.) 4Vln. 2Vla. 2Vcl. Cb.(dbl.Elec.Bass) [string sections may be expanded] [Perc: vibraphone, slapstick, chimes, 3 timpani, ta
Premiere January 4th, 2008. National Opera Association Convention, Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, CA. A co-production with OperaWorks, CSU-Northridge, the Southern California Opera Guild and Los Angeles Opera.

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