The Dragon
Composer: Albert Biales
Librettist: Albert Biales
Other Artistic Personnel: Alan Bryan, Stage Director
Original Cast: Alan Bryan (The Dragon)
Premiere Date: February 23, 1996
Producing Company: College of St. Catherine
Description: The Dragonis an allegorical fantasy that mixes political satire with fairy-tale magic. Set in a community dominated by a tyrannical dragon, the opera pits the destructive despotism--symbolized by Stalin's regime--against human faith, hope, and redeeming love. The plot follows the adventures of Lancelot, a hero trying to save a maiden (Elsa) and her community from an evil dragon. Having surrendered to the dragon's evil, the corrupt mayor and his son Henry hinder his efforts, but the hero prevails with help from a singing cat and three mysterious men who give him magic weapons.
Length: 02:10
Total Acts: 3
Orchestration: 1 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bsn - 2 hrn, 2 tpt, 1 tbn - pf, hp - perc - str - elec tape
Musical Style: Contemporary, lyrical. Primarily tonal with some free tonality and dissonance
Contact: Albert Biales
Address: 1763 Beechwood Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55116
E-mail Address: bertob@mn.uswest.net
Phone: Home Phone: 612-690-2145
Office phone: 612-690-
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