Full Moon in March
Composer: John Harbison
Librettist: John Harbison
Other Artistic Personnel: Nicholas Deutsch (Producer)
Richard Pittman (Conductor)
Original Cast: Cheryl Cobb and Jeffrey Gall (Two Attendants)
D'anna Fortunato (Queen)
David Arnold (Swineherd)
Patricia Mayer (dancer)
Premiere Date: April 30, 1979
Producing Company: Boston Musica Viva
Description: Drawn by a queen's promise that the man who sings most eloquently of his passion will win her hand and the king's crown, a swineherd approaches the throne. The swineherd, feeling unworthy, tells of his long journey. The Queen warns of her cruelty—should she not like his song he will lose his life. Offended by his song of self-confidence, she orders that his severed head be brought to her. His head is brought to her on a stake and she dances adoringly with it before sinking down on the stage, clutching the head to her breast.
Reviews: Opera News, John Freeman, 3-16-85; Musical America, Ellen Pfeiffer, 9-79; New Yorker, Andrew Porter, 5-28-79; The NATS Bulletin, Barbara Kinsey Sable, Nov./Dec. 1984; Musical America, Robert Schwarz, 12-84
Length: 00:45
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: 1 fl, 1 ob, 1 bcl, 1 perc, pf(prpf), 1vln, 1 vla, 1 vc
Ballet/Dance: 1 Dancer
Musical Style: Opens with an orchestral fanfare; atonal, with changing meters
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