The Egg
Composer: Gian Carlo Menotti
Librettist: Gian Carlo Menotti
Other Artistic Personnel: Paul Calloway (conductor)
Original Cast: Matthew Murray (Manuel)
Anastasios Vrenios (Saint Simeon)
Esther Hinds (Empress of Byzantium)
Sigmund Cowan (Aerobindus)
Gimi Beni (Gormantus)
Peter Fish (Priscus)
Gene Tucker (Pachomius)
Dana Krueger (Empress's sister)
Regina McConnell (beggar woman)
Frank Phelan (Julian)
Work Web Site: http://www.schirmer.com/default.aspx?TabId=2420&St
Premiere Date: June 17, 1976
Description: An allegory on the meaning of life set in the Byzantine Empire, 5th century AD: an egg was given to St. Simeon of Stylites, who lived on top of a 60-foot-high pole for 30 years. The egg is found by Manuel, St. Simeon’s nephew and given to the Empress of Byzantium who, with her court, cannot open the egg to learn its meaning. Only after Manuel is thrown out of court and presents the egg to a mother and her starving child, can the egg be opened; it saves the child’s life.
Character List (Major): Manuel (high baritone)
Saint Simeon Stylites (tenor)
The Basilissa, Empress of Byzantium (Pride) (dramatic soprano)
Areobindus, favorite of Basilissa (Lust) (baritone)
Gourmantus, the cook (Glutony) (bass)
Eunoch of the Sacred Cubicle (Sloth) (tenor)
Pachomius, the treasurer (Avarice) (baritone)
Sister of the Basilissa (Envy) (mezzo-soprano)
Julian, Captain of the Guard (Anger) (silent role)
Beggar Woman (soprano)
Length: 01:00
Total Acts: 1
Chorus: SATB: Members of the Basilissa’s Court
Orchestration: fl, ob, cl, bsn- hrn, tpt, tbn - perc - hp, org - vln, va, vc, db
Contact: G. Schirmer, Inc.
Address: 257 Park Avenue South, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10010
E-mail Address: pm@schirmer.com
Phone: 212-254-2100
Publisher Web Site: http://www.schirmer.com/default.aspx?TabId=2420&St
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