The Scarlet Ibis
Composer: Stefan Weisman
Librettist: David Cote
Original Cast:

Hai-Ting Chinn, mezzo-soprano

Eric Brenner, countertenor

Abigail Fischer, mezzo-soprano

Nicole Mitchell,  alto

Keith Phares, baritone

Premiere Date: January 08, 2015
Description: The Scarlet Ibis is an opera that fuses singers, puppetry and multimedia stagecraft to tell the story of Doodle, a remarkable, disabled boy whose older brother pushes him to be “normal.” Set in rural North Carolina a century ago, the story contrasts notions of physical wholeness versus mystical otherness. Episodic and expressionistic, the  narrative draws on elements of Southern Gothic, boy’s adventure and domestic tragedy. It unfolds in thirteen scenes, from Doodle’s traumatic birth to his tragic end. Ingenious set and puppet effects take us to various locations: a house, barn, field and swamp.
Character List (Major): Brother: Mezzo-Soprano
Doodle: Countertenor
Mother: Mezzo-Soprano
Auntie: Contralto
Father: Baritone
Length: 01:40
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration:

Oboe, B-flat Clarinet (doubling Bass Clarinet), Bassoon, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, Contrabass, Percussion

Contact: Not Available
Composer Web Site: http://stefanweisman.com
Librettist Web Site: http://davidcote.com
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