The Sweet Bye and Bye
Composer: Jack Beeson
Librettist: Kenward Elmslie
Other Artistic Personnel: Frederic Cohen (Director)
Work Web Site: http://www.boosey.com/pages/opera/moredetails.asp?
Premiere Date: November 21, 1957
Producing Company: Juilliard Opera Center
Description: Young Sister Rose Ora Easter is assumed dead. Her followers believe that she has drowned while swimming off the coast of Atlantic City. Some have their doubts about her disappearance, especially Mother Rainey, who raised the orphaned girl and trained her to take on the role as the leader of Lifeshine Gospel. Mother Rainey believes that the departed Sister was actually led astray by a man; after questioning the missing Sister’s close friend Sister Gladys, Mother Rainey’s suspicions are confirmed. Billy Wilcox has spirited her away to New York, and the two plan to flee to the Holy Land using Lifeshine Gospel money. The two women head to the city, bent on retrieving Sister Rose Ora. They are somewhat successful. Sister Rose Ora announces the truth of her disappearance, and asserts that the vows she made as a child are no longer relevant, since she has awoken to the glories of love. Billy prepares to leave with Rose Ora when Mother Rainey arrives with a gun. Knowing that Rose Ora is lost to her and their sect, Mother Rainey shoots him. Rose Ora turns violently on her sect and then returns to Billy, who dies in her arms.
Character List (Major): SISTER ROSE ORA EASTER (spinto s)
MOTHER RAINEY (mz)
BILLY WILCOX (t)
SISTER GLADYS (coloratura s)
SISTER REES, the Sister Elect (dram or spinto s)
BROTHER SMILEY (b)
MARY JANE RIPLEY (also 1st Bather) (Dancer and pop s)
Character List (Minor): 2nd Bather
3rd Bather
1st Good Time Charlie (t)

2nd Good Time Charlie (b-bar) Two Gangsters and a Gun-Moll (Dancers)
Harmony (Mute or Treble)
Little Amity (Mute or Treble)
Bit Parts: Two Gangsters and a Gun-Moll (dancers)
2nd Bather
3rd Bather
Length: 01:45
Total Acts: 2
Orchestration: 2 fl(I=picc,II=picc), 1 ob, 2 cl(II=bcl), 1 bsn - 3 hrn, 1 tpt, 1 tbn - timp.perc(1,=cel,pft):BD/SD/ susp.cym/xyl/tamb/glsp/cyms/tam-t - harp - pft - strings
Ballet/Dance: 4 dancers
Contact: Boosey & Hawkes
Address: 229 W 28th Street, Floor 11
New York, NY 10001
E-mail Address: composers.us@boosey.com
Phone: 212-358-5300
Publisher Web Site: http://www.boosey.com/pages/opera/moredetails.asp?
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