Tight-Rope
Composer: Chester Biscardi
Librettist: Henry Butler
Work Web Site: http://www.presser.com/Composers/info.cfm?Name=CHE
Premiere Date: October 05, 1985
Producing Company: University of Wisconsin-Madison Opera
Description: A search for identity and the risk involved not only in the search, but in being true to the discovery. "I must live with my many selves," sings the Actor, who has spent the opera searching for the essence of poet Luther Dane, the man whose character he must portray in a film. "We walk a tight-rope," declares the Actor to Luther Dane in the opening scene. "One false step, one dishonest word, and we fall - we deserve to fall!" Dane has arranged his “death," but lives on; he has returned to help the Actor discover who he truly is.
courtesy of Theodore Presser Company
Character List (Major): Luther Dane(bar); The Actor(t); Sara(s or mzo); Kathryn(s or mzo); The Interviewer(s); Luther’s Manager(s); Critic No. 1(t); Critic No. 2(b); Willie(b-bar)
Character List (Minor): Non-singing roles: Director, film crew, party guests, etc.
Reviews: The Milwaukee Journal; Wisconsin State Journal; Capitol Times (Madison); Musical America, James Chute, January 1986
Length: 01:30
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: 1(Picc.) 0(E.H.) 1(B.Cl.) 1, Sop.Sax.(Ten. Sax.); 2 1 1 0; 3Perc. Pno. Hp. Str. (at least 33344; reduced version 11111)
Contact: Merion Music, Inc. (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://chesterbiscardi.com
Publisher Web Site: http://www.presser.com
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