Miss Havisham's Wedding Night
Composer: Dominick Argento
Librettist: John Olon-Scrymgeour
Other Artistic Personnel: H. Wesley Balk (Director)
Philip Brunelle (Conductor)
Original Cast: Rita Shane (Miss Havisham)
Work Web Site: http://www.boosey.com/pages/opera/moredetails.asp?musicid=6474
Premiere Date: May 01, 1981
Producing Company: The Minnesota Opera
Description: This monodrama - a musical soliloquy by Dickens’ character Miss Havisham - is set in a room left long untouched, on a night in which Miss Havisham re-enacts all that happened to her when she was left by her lover on their wedding day fifty years before. On the morning of her wedding day, Miss Havisham was dressing for the ceremony when a note arrived from the groom-to-be, jilting her; she smashed the clocks, blocked out the light and vowed never to leave her rooms or remove her bridal attire, complete except for the one shoe still lacking when the note was delivered. Miss Havisham, many years later, spends her time reliving the disastrous day of her intended wedding, something she has obviously been doing for a very long time. She imagines a visit from her fiancé and wonders about what her life would have been like had her relationship turned out differently. She is interrupted by the chambermaid bringing her morning tea and as the curtain falls, Miss Havisham prepares to tell the young Estella all about men.
Character List (Major): AURELIA HAVISHAM, an elderly recluse (s)
Character List (Minor): Estella, a beautiful young girl (silent role)
A Chambermaid (silent role)
Reviews: New York Times, Allan Kozinn, 6/26/1998;
Length: 00:30
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: 1 fl, 1 ob, 1 cl, 1 bsn - 1 hrn, 1 tpt, 1 tba - timp, perc(1):t.bells/tam-t/tpl.bl/tamb/SD/BD/tgl/ cyms/susp.cyms/glsp/wdbl/wind chimes - harp - organ - pft(=cel) - strings (1 vln1, 1 vln2, 1vla, 1vc, 1db)
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