Fables
Composer: Ned Rorem
Librettist: Jean de la Fontaine
Other Artistic Personnel: Marilyn Jewett (Conductor)
Work Web Site: www.boosey.com/pages/opera/moreDetails.asp?musicID=4966
Premiere Date: May 21, 1971
Producing Company: University of Tennessee
Description: These five short operas are based on selections from Jean de la Fontaine's well-loved Fables. The Lion in Love shows how that powerful emotion can disarm even the king of beasts. The Sun and the Frogs proves that sometimes less can indeed be more, while The Bird Wounded By An Arrow encapsulates man's cruelty to his fellow men in a mere ten lines of text. The Fox and the Grapes adds a small twist to Aesop's familiar tale, and The Animals Sick of the Plague casts a cynical eye on the workings of justice.
Character List (Major): 2 Trebles, 1 Tenor
Character List (Minor): Several other singers (approx. 4) (voice parts flexible)
Bit Parts: 3-4 actors (non-speaking roles)
Length: 0:25
Total Acts: 5
Chorus: Chorus of 2
Orchestration: Variable scoring: at least 2 singers, mimes ad lib; pft
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