Avow
Composer: Adamo Mark
Librettist: Adamo Mark
Premiere Date: May 01, 1999
Description: The wedding morning.

It was Jonathan Sheffer’s idea in 1999 to recreate the Spoleto Festival’s famous 1959 evening of one-act operas that had introduced, among scores by Hindemith, Foss and others, Samuel Barber’s comedy of domestic discontent A Hand of Bridge, to a libretto by Gian-Carlo Menotti — and he graciously asked me to write a new work to end the evening.

I came up with the idea of the emotions experienced on a wedding morning by an ambivalent bride, her avid mother, the haunted groom, the glib, daft celebrant, and, the ghost of the groom’s father; and, in a gesture to history, I made the groom’s father David, that large-hearted husband caught in a too-small life whom Barber scored as a baritone in A Hand of Bridge but reappears as a bass-baritone in my score.

Avow is scored for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass-baritone, and either piano or chamber orchestra, and is dedicated with respect and gratitude to Jonathan Sheffer: it was introduced by Eos Orchestra in New York in May 1999.
Character List (Major): THE MOTHER: Soprano. Avid, elegant.

THE BRIDE: Mezzo-soprano. Wry, ambivalent.

THE CELEBRANT: Tenor. Glib, daft.

THE GROOM: Baritone. Earnest, haunted.

THE GHOST: Bass-baritone. Cool, steadfast.
Length: 00:12
Total Acts: Not Available
Musical Style: Opera and Musical Theatre
Contact: Peggy Monastra
Address: Director of Promotion

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Composer Web Site: http://www.markadamo.com/
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