The Singing Child
Composer: Gian Carlo Menotti
Librettist: Gian Carlo Menotti
Other Artistic Personnel: Campbell Baird (designer)
Federico Cortese (conductor)
Original Cast: William Cole (Jeremy)
Harold Haughton (Singing Child)
Ana Maria Martinez (Jeremy's Mother)
Eric McClusky (Jeremy's Father)
Work Web Site: http://www.schirmer.com/default.aspx?TabId=2420&St
Premiere Date: May 31, 1993
Producing Company: Spoleto Festival USA
Description: A child of career-oriented, culture-vulture parents is left alone too often with a babysitter he does not like. Desperate for a companion to play with, 8-year-old Jeremy imagines a secret friend that appears as a singing child who chants, but never utters words. The two children learn to communicate this way, to the distraction of the parents who cannot see or hear this visitor. Eventually the parents realize their responsibility and the needs of their child; familial happiness returns and Jeremy speaks once again. A cautionary tale about children’s separation anxieties and emotional abandonment.
Character List (Major): 2 Boy Sopranos, Soprano, Baritone, Mezzo Soprano, Tenor
Length: 00:45
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: fl, ob, cl, bsn - hrn, tpt - perc - pf - str
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
Composer Web Site: http://www.schirmer.com/default.aspx?TabId=2419&St
Publisher Web Site: http://www.schirmer.com/default.aspx?TabId=2420&St
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