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Tony Caruso’s Final Broadcast
Paul Salerni
Dana Gioia
January 24, 2008
Southern California Opera Guild
Los Angeles Opera
The opera takes place in a classical music radio station on the last night of its operations: at midnight the station’s new management will convert to an “Easy-Listening” format. The station’s final program, “Opera Lover,” is hosted by Antonio Caruso, a failed tenor who has worked on the show for 27 years. The station intern and radio engineer try to comfort Tony for his impending loss. Meanwhile the new management celebrates its market plan aimed at the drive-time listener. During the final broadcast, Tony remembers his early dreams of artistic fame and success as the “second Caruso.” In his desperate state, Tony is visited by three ghosts or visions—his dead mother, Maria Callas, and finally a mysterious woman.
Boy Soprano, 5 Soprano, 3 Mezzo-soprano, 1 Tenor, 1 Baritone, 1 Bass-baritone, 1 Speaking role
Winner of the 2007 National Opera Association Chamber Opera Competition
fl, ob (dbl. bari.sax.), cl, a.sax, t.sax (dbl.B.Cl.) - 2 tpt, tbn, b.tbn - drum set, perc, gtr (Acous. & Elec.), kbds (pno, synth.) - 4 vln, 2 vla, 2 vcl, cb (dbl.Elec.Bass) [string sections may be expanded] [Perc: vibraphone, slapstick, chimes, 3 timpani, tambourine, glockenspiel]

Reduced Orch: cl,, a.sax - tpt, tbn - 1 perc.(incl. trap set) kbds (pno, synth.) - 2 vln, vla, vcl, cb
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