These three intimate stories are based on the experiences of real people. The music weaves their lives together. Conceived as a trilogy for performance both together and seperately, the first skit is piquant and romantic, the second is dark and funny by turns, the third is warmly domestic and ends with a delightful twist.
The trilogy is intended for young artist training programs at universities and professional opera companies. Chamber orchestra accompaniments are available, but piano accompaniment is preferred. Staging in a traditional theater is not preferable to site-specific stagings in private homes or public spaces.
Pamela, a thirty-something divorcee, lives alone in a small apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side. She's been waiting for months for the tile man to come and fix the broken tiles in her bathroom. Antonio, a middle-aged Italian immigrant, arrives to do the work. During the course of his visit, the two connect and share a lovely romantic moment.
JUST FOR THE NIGHT
Babs, a woman of a certain age and wealth, receives an unexpected visit from her brother Chip on Christmas Eve, turns him away.
Mama and Papa, a composer couple, arrive home after a night on the town and attempt to put their infant son down for the night.
Brandy Hawkins (Babs) and Daniel Anderson (Chip) in the October 2010 Kentucky Opera production of Just for the Night.
A video featuring Kentucky Opera young artists Andrea Shokery and Gabriel Preisser.
orchestral version (13 players)
Flute Oboe Clarinet
Bassoon Horn in F
Trumpet in Bb Vibraphone 3 Violins
SELECTED PERFORMANCE HISTORY
USC Opera - Los Angeles, CA, 3/8/05 - BP*
Brooklyn Conservatory - Brooklyn, NY, 5/20/05 - BP
Music on the Edge - Pittsburgh, PA, 2/19/07 - BP
Boston Opera Underground - Boston, MA, 2/13/08 - BP
Prism Ensemble - New York, NY, 4/7/08 - JFTN*
UO Opera & Eugene Opera - Symphony Space, NYC 5/4/08 - BP
UO Opera & Eugene Opera - Eugene, OR, 5/30/08 - BP
University of Puget Sound - Tacoma, WA, 10/21/08 - CS
Seasons Music Festival - Yakima, WA, 10/26/08 - CS*
Long Leaf Opera - Chapel Hill, NC, 6/17/09 - NYS
Kentucky Opera - Louisville, KY, 10/30/10 - NYS*
Chicago Opera Theater - Chicago, IL, 11/1/11 - NYS
Chicago College of Perf. Arts - Chicago, IL, 11/11-12/11 - NYS
Butler Opera Center - Austin, TX, 2/24-26 & 3/2-4/12 - NYS
* world premiere
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Glorivy Arroyo (Pamela) and Christian Figueroa (Antonio) in Opera Boston's production of Broken Pieces.
staged premiere of complete trilogy 30 October 2010 / Daron Hagen Kentucky Opera Young Artist Program
70 minutes, with no intermission
Antonio (baritone / tenor)
Just for the Night
Chip (baritone / tenor)
Papa (baritone / tenor)
note on casting
*the roles have been crafted such that the roles may be all sung by a pair of singers, or the roles distributed among more singers.
Megan Williams (Mama) and Drew Ladd (Papa) in the November 2011 Chicago Opera Theater / Chicago College of the Performing Arts co-production of Cradle Song.
Tim Petty (Papa) and Nataly Wickham (Mama) in Cradle Song, part of the Butler Opera Center's February 2012 complete New York Stories in Austin.
Just for the Night, Butler Opera Center, March 2012 (Jeff Kurihara, designer).
Broken Pieces, Butler Opera Center March 2012 (Jeff Kurihara, designer).