Cyrano
Composer: Jack Beeson
Librettist: Sheldon Harnick
Other Artistic Personnel: Rainer Friedmann (Director)
Gerhard Markson (Conductor)
Work Web Site: http://www.boosey.com/pages/opera/moredetails.asp?musicid=15520
Premiere Date: September 10, 1994
Producing Company: Hagen Theater / Hagen Philharmonic Orchestra
Description: Cyrano, one of many Cadets in love with Roxane, fights a duel when his large nose is mocked. His display of wit and prowess during the duel impresses Roxane. She arranges a meeting with him. Upon meeting, Cyrano is heartbroken to learn that Roxane loves Christian. Cyrano realizes that Christian cannot satisfy Roxane’s romantic needs, so he writes the letters she desires, and Christian agrees to pretend they are his. The Count, also in love with Roxane, is enraged by Christian and Roxane’s love. He orders Christian and Cyrano to the front. During the war, Cyrano continues to send love letters to Roxane, supposedly written by Christian. Roxane goes to the front and tells Christian that she first loved him for his looks, but that his letters made her fall in love with his soul. Christian demands that Cyrano confess the scheme to Roxane so that she can chose between the two. Christian is killed in battle before the confession, and Cyrano vows never to tell Roxane the truth. Later, a wounded Cyrano visits Roxane, and she realizes that Cyrano is the author of all the letters. For a brief moment they unite. Then, Cyrano dies in her arms.
Character List (Major): RAGUENEAU (buffo t)
ROXANE (s)
COUNT DE GUICHE (b)
CYRANO DE BERGERAC (bar)
DUENNA (contralto)
LISE Mezzo (s)
Musketeer (t)
CAPTAIN CARBON DE CASTEL JALOUX (b-bar)
Character List (Minor): BELLEROSE (speaking role)
MONTFLEURY (speaking role)
4 Apprentice Bakers (children's voices)
Bugler
Priest (t)
Sister Claire (s)
Sister Marthe (mz)
Mother Marguerite (contralto)
1st Refreshment Girl (s)
2nd Refreshment Girl (mz)
3rd Refreshment Girl (mz)
MARQUIS DE VALVERT (high t)
MARQUIS DE BRISSAILLE (t)
MARQUIS DE CUIGY (lyr bar)
Pickpocket Buffo (b)
3 Apprentice Pickpockets (Children's voices)
Ligniere (b-bar)
Christian de Neuvillette (t)
1st Lady Intellectual (s)
2nd Lady Intellectual (s)
3rd Lady Intellectual (mz)
4th Lady Intellectual (mz)
Bit Parts: 1st Cadet (from the Chorus) (t)
2nd Cadet (from the Chorus) (t)
3rd Cadet (from the Chorus) (bar)
4th Cadet (from the Chorus) (bar)
5th Cadet (from the Chorus) (b)
6th Cadet (from the Chorus) (b or bar)
Length: 02:20
Total Acts: Not Available
Chorus: Yes
Orchestration: 3 fl(II=afl/picc,III=picc), 2ob, (II=corA), 3 cl(II=Ebcl/bcl,III=bcl), 2 bsn(II=dbn) - 4 hrn, 2 tpt,(II=offstage bugle), bugle I onstage, 2 tbn, 1 tba - timp.perc(2-3):glsp/xyl/cel/t.bells/SD/TD/BD/rototoms/cyms/susp.cyms/tam-t/tgl/bell tree/ glass wind chimes/wdbl/slapstick/tamb/mounted cast - harp - strings
Contact: Boosey & Hawkes
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Publisher Web Site: http://www.boosey.com/pages/opera/moredetails.asp?musicid=15520
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