Red Carnations
Composer: Robert Baksa
Librettist: Robert Baksa
Other Artistic Personnel: St. Luke's performance (1974): Michael Feldman,
Original Cast: Betsey Hepburn (soprano), Michael Best (tenor) and Walter Hook (baritone)
Work Web Site: http://www.robertbaksa.com/rbaksa-opera.html
Premiere Date: October 24, 1970
Producing Company: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Description: Two young people meet at a costume party where they are both disguised as Arabians. They meet later in a city park with the young man sporting his red carnation. To his dismay another man, somewhat older, is already present at the meeting place also claiming to have come to meet a young woman who was dressed as the Queen of Sheba at the costume party. When the young girl shows up she seems unable to resolve the conflict between the two. When the young man finally gives up in frustration, she blurts out that the older man is her father who came as chaperone. The conflict ends happily.
Character List (Major): Girl(s), Boy(t), Man(bar)
Length: 00:35
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: 1 fl, 1 ob, 2 cl, 1 bsn - pf - str(3 vln, 1 vla, 2 vc, 1 db) Reduced Orchestra: 1 fl, 1 vc, pf
Musical Style: Tonal; lyrical: each character has an aria and shares a duet with another character. The three also join in a trio. There is little spoken dialogue as through-composed sections separate the set pieces.
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: http://www.robertbaksa.com
Publisher Web Site: http://www.presser.com
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