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The Greater Good
Stephen Hartke
Stephen Hartke after Philip Littell's dramatic adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's short story
Stewart Robertson, Conductor; David Schweizer, Director; David Zinn, Costume Designer; Mark Wendland, Set Designer; Chris Akerlind, Lighting Designer; Charles G. Laponte, Hair and Makeup Designer; Michael Shell, Assistant Director
Caroline Worra, John David Dehaan, Jill Gardner, Christopher Burchett, Christine Abraham, Seth Keeton, Andrew Wntzel, Elaine Alvarez, Liam Moran, Jeanine Thames, Katherine Calcamuggio
July 22, 2006
Glimmerglass Opera
Act I. In the aftermath of the Franco-Prussian war, a group of largely well-off French citizens flee enemy-occupied Rouen in a stagecoach bound for Dieppe. The passengers are outraged to discover the well-known prostitute Boule de Suif in their midst, but ultimately befriend her when it turns out that she is the only one to have remembered to bring food for the journey. When the coach reaches the village of Tôtes, the travelers are detained without explanation by Prussian soldiers at the inn.

Act II. The travelers learn that the Prussian commandant will not let them continue on their way unless Boule sleeps with him. At first, the others support Boule in rejecting his demand, but soon their impatience leads them to play elaborate psychological games to make her give in. Eventually, she does, for "the greater good". In the final scene, the passengers re-embark, Boule joining them, worn and bedraggled from a hard night’s work. They snub her: a common whore. The coach rumbles on.
Elisabeth Rouseet or Boule de Suif(s), Mme Carre-Lamadon(mz); Mme. Follenvie(mz); M. Loiseau(t); Coachman(bar); Count de Breville(b-bar)
Old Nun(col s); Countess de Breville(s); Mme Loiseau(s); M. Carre-Lamadon(bar); Cornudet(b); M. Follenvie(b)
Young Nun(mz), Young Prussian Officer(t)
Charles Ives Opera Award (for Best American Opera produced in the previous 5 years) from the American Academy of Arts and Letters – 2008
2 fl(2 picc, afl), 2 ob(Eng Hrn), 4 cl in A(pcl, bcl, Bbcbcl), 2 bsn(cbn) - 3 hrn, 2 tpt, 2 tbn, 1 tba - 3 perc(xyl, vib, tamb, cast, vibrslp, sm shaker, guiro, 2 wdblk, bowl tree, whip, jing stick, tam-tam, 2 sus cym, cr cym, 2 sm gong, practice pad, cow bell, brake dr, bongos, 2 timp, b drum) - hp - str(min 8 vln1, 6 vln2, 5 vla, 4 vc, 2 db); Onstage: 10 tuned Soup bowls (available from publisher)
Alex Ross wrote in The New Yorker: “Hartke seizes control with a subtle riot of sprung rhythms, colliding tunes, jazzy rave-ups, onomatopoeia, musical in-jokes, and, at the end, a delicately shattering anthem of despair. Hartke is celebrated for his orchestral music, which mixes Stravinskyan neoclassicism, minimalism, jazz, and Balinese gamelan.”
Keiser Classical
12685 Dorsett Rd., #331, Maryland Heights, MO 63043-2100 USA
The Opera Fund Awardee Information
2003 Repertoire Development Consortium
Glimmerglass Opera
John Conklin
2002 Partnership Consortium
Glimmerglass Opera
Stewart Robertson
Schedule of Performances Listings
The Greater Good (Hartke)
Saturday, July 22, 2006 - Glimmerglass Festival

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