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The Midnight Angel
David Carlson
Peter S. Beagle
Stewart Robertson, Conductor; Linda Brovsky, Stage Director; Robert Perdziola, Set/Costumes Designer; Christopher Akerlind, Lighting Designer
Original Cast: Lady Neville, Elaine Bonazzi; Death (Angeline), Christine Abraham; Dickinson, John Stephens; Henry, Lord Allardyce, Tracey Wellborn; Margaret Laval, Mary Margaret Sapp; John Lorimond, Brad Cresswell; Captain Richard Compson, James Maddalena; The Contessa dei Candini, Katherine Terrell; A Hairdresser, Ron Schiaffo
June 01, 1993
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Lady Neville, a widow of charm, wealth and determination, decides to invite Death to her final grand ball. By passing the message through the mother of a dying child, Lady Neville insures that message will be received. It is received and to everyone’s surprise, Death accepts. In the second act, Death’s arrival is anticipated and as Midnight passes and he has not shown up, Lady Neville fears a great and humiliating fiasco. Death arrives late, having come from far away. As dawn nears, the guests beg death to stay, becoming human permanently. Death agrees, but only if someone else takes on the role. There are no volunteers, but Death chooses a replacement.ciourtesy of Carl Fischer, Inc.
Dickinson; Margaret; Lord Henry Allardyce; John Lorimond; Captain Compson; Contessa dei Candini; Lady Neville; Her Hairdresser; Angeline
London Times, Jeremy Kingston, 6-23-93; Chicago Tribune, John von Rhein, 6-20-93; The Christian Science Monitor, Thor Eckert Jr., 6-18-93; The New York Times, Bernard Holland, 6-14-93; St. Louis Post-Dispatch, James Wierzbicki, 6-3-93
picc, 2 fl, 2 ob(Eng Hrn), 2 cl, 2 bsn - 4 hrn, 2 tpt, 2 tbn, tba - timp, perc, 2 syn, hp - str - tape (also available in a reduced orchestration for 21 players, by Ron Foster)
Minimalism with tonal melodies; small aria monologues; vocally grateful music for singers; influenced by Stravinsky and the vocal writing of Barber and Menotti; some cinematic flairs reminiscent of Bernard Herrmann's scores
Carl Fischer, Inc.
65 Bleecker Street, 8th Floor New York, NY 10012
Schedule of Performances Listings
The Midnight Angel (Carlson)
Wednesday, September 12, 2007 - Skylight Music Theatre
The Midnight Angel (Carlson)
Friday, November 19, 1993 - Sacramento Region Performing Arts Alliance
The Midnight Angel (Carlson)
Saturday, July 17, 1993 - Glimmerglass Festival
The Midnight Angel (Carlson)
Tuesday, June 01, 1993 - Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

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