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Ausrine Stundyte as Cio-Cio-San, Elizabeth Janes as Butterfly’s child and Sarah Larsen as Suzuki in Seattle Opera's production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Photo by Elise Bakketun.
North American Works Directory Listing
Summer and Smoke
Lee Hoiby
Lanford Wilson
Kirk Browning (Director)
Mary Beth Peil (Alma)
John Reardon (Dr. Buchanan)
Sondra Harnes (Nellie)
Nancy Williams (Mrs. Bassett)
Alan Titus (Traveling Salesman)
Zoya Leporska (Alma's mother)
June 19, 1971
St. Paul Opera Association
Set in Mississippi in 1910, the work is about Alma Winemiller, an inhibited minister's daughter, who is hopelessly in love with a young doctor, John Buchanan. Buchanan reaches out to her several times, but Alma is too prim and repressed. By the time she goes to him, he has turned elsewhere. Devastated, she gives herself casually to the nearest man available-a traveling salesman she meets on a park bench.
Alma Winemiller (s)
John Buchanan, Jr. (bar)
Reverend Winemiller (bb)
Mrs. Winemiller (speaking)
Nellie Ewell (s)
Dr. Buchanan (bb)
Rosa Gonzales (mz)
Papa Gonzales (speaking)
Mrs. Bassett (mz)
Roger Doremus (t)
Rosemary (s)
Vernon (bar)
Archie Kramer (bar)
Alma, child age 10 (speaking)
John, child age 10 (speaking)
Chicago Sun Times, Robert C. March, 5-26-80; The New Yorker, Winthrop Sargeant, 4-8-72; Financial Times (London), 4-7-72; New York, Alan Rich, 4-3-72; The New York Times, Harold C. Schonberg, 3-21-72; The New York Times, Raymond Ericson, 3-12-72; Musical America, Shirley Fleming, July 1971; The New York Times, Raymond Ericson, 6-25-71; The New York Times, Lee Hoiby, 6-13-71
Townspeople, Mexicans, Mourners (all non-singing)
2 fl, 1 ob, 2 cl, 1 bsn - 2 hrn, 1 tpt, 1 tbn - timp, perc(SD, tri, BD, glsp, xyl, wdbl, tam-t, sus cym) - hp, cel - str; offstage: 2 tpt, pf, gtr, 2 vln, cb)
Some spoken dialogue; lyrical, arching melodies in a conservative, post-Romantic idiom; strong Samuel Barber influences; includes arias and duets; bittersweet lyricism
Rock Valley Music Co.
9807 County Hwy 28
Long Eddy NY 12760
Schedule of Performances Listings
Summer and Smoke (Hoiby)
Wednesday, December 08, 2010 - Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater
Summer and Smoke (Hoiby)
Saturday, July 13, 2002 - Central City Opera
Summer and Smoke (Hoiby)
Saturday, June 27, 1998 - Des Moines Metro Opera
Summer and Smoke (Hoiby)
Saturday, December 09, 1995 - University of Wisconsin-Madison Opera

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