Black Widow
Composer: Thomas Pasatieri
Librettist: Thomas Pasatieri
Other Artistic Personnel: Henry Holt (Conductor)
Lotfi Mansouri (Director)
John Naccarato (Production Designer)
Edguard Johnson (Costume Designer)
James Coffin (Projections)
Original Cast: Joanna Simon/Nancy Deering (Raquel)
Evelyn Mandac/Gloria Cutsforth (Berta)
Jennie Tourel/Dorothy Cole (Doña Marta)
Theodor Uppman (Juan)
David Lloyd (Don Pedro)
Work Web Site: http://www.presser.com/Composers/info.cfm?Name=THOMASPASATIERI#CatOperas - Full Length
Premiere Date: March 02, 1972
Producing Company: Seattle Opera Company
Description: Raquel, a barren young Spanish widow, is obsessed with the idea that the only way to achieve immortality is to bear a child. With determination, she forces her rich young lover, Juan, to marry Berta, who has been in love with him since childhood. Raquel wants Juan, through Berta, to give her the child she so desperately needs. When the child is born, Raquel takes him, despite Berta's pleas. Juan, weak and torn between Raquel and Berta, is destroyed by the conflict. Berta, fertile but no match for Raquel's strength, reverts back to childhood, her womanhood destroyed.
Character List (Major): Soprano, 2 Mezzo-sopranos, Tenor, Bass
Reviews: Opera News, John Schneider, 1-23-82; Seattle Post, Rolf Stromberg, 3-3-72; The Seattle Times, Wayne Johnson, 3-3-72
Length: 02:00
Total Acts: 3
Orchestration: 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bsn - 2 hrn, 2 tpt, 2 tbn, tba - timp, perc, hp - str
Musical Style: Bel canto vocal lines in the style of Puccini and R. Strauss; conservative and melodic; tonal
Contact: Theodore Presser Company
Address: 588 North Gulph Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406
E-mail Address: promotion@presser.com
Phone: 610-592-1222
Composer Web Site: www.thomaspasatieri.org
Publisher Web Site: http://www.presser.com
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