The House Without a Christmas Tree (2017)
Libretto by Royce Vavrek
Cast: 3Sop. 2Mezzo-sop. Bar. Ten.; Youth Chorus (SAT)
Orchestration: 1(dbl. Picc.) 1(dbl. E.H.) 2(2nd dbl. B.Cl.) 1(dbl. Cbsn.) – 2 1 1 0; Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
Commission: Commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera.
Premiere: November 30, 2017. Houston Grand Opera; HGO Resilience Theater, Houston, TX
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Ultimately the essence of 27 is the deep love between Alice and Gertrude. Their love duet sung with tenderness and passion by Ms. Blythe and Ms. Stober is an example of Mr. Gordon’s melodic brilliance. And Gertrude’s final moments in the arms of her wife asking “what is the answer?” evoke the essential existentialism at the core of her writings. Exquisitely crafted musically and lyrically… [read full review]
27 is a triumph for Gordon and Vavrek and a tour-de-force for all of the performers.
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For 27, Gordon has done something equally remarkable. The sprightly, piquant and smart interplay of themes instantly evokes the time and tone of Stein’s Paris, and does it by brilliant and intentional musicological design. [read full review]
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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