The Three Feathers
Composer: Lori Laitman
Librettist: Dana Gioia
Other Artistic Personnel: Beth Greenberg (production and stage director)
Premiere Date: October 17, 2014
Producing Company: Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech
Description:

A Children’s Opera in One Act
(Based on a Tale by the Brothers Grimm)

The Three Feathers presents the story of an old king with three daughters. To determine who will inherit the crown, each daughter is given a magic feather to pursue a series of challenges. The youngest daughter, the shy Princess Dora, is led by her magic feather three times into the Underworld to encounter the powerful Frog King. Each visit causes more comic disruption among the Underworld’s children’s choruses of frogs, rats and bats. Dora’s growing courage and confidence lead her both to love and victory.

Character List (Major): Princess Gilda (Coloratura soprano)
Princess Tilda (Mezzo soprano)
Princess Dora (Lyric soprano)
Upper World King (Baritone)
Frog Prince (Tenor/Dancer)
Frog King (Bass)
Character List (Minor): Chamberlain (Speaking role) 
Baron De Beaucoup (Tenor/Fighter) 
Count Siegfried von Wintersturmen (Baritone/Fighter) 


Bit Parts: 2 Snakes (Young Dancers/Hissers)
Two Ministers (Tenor and Baritone) - these roles can be doubled by the singers playing the Baron and the Count
Length: 01:20
Total Acts: 1
Chorus: 3 Children’s Choruses of Frogs, Rats and Bats (min: 6 each)
Chorus of Guards, Ladies, and Maids (minimum: 6)
Orchestration: One on a part:
Flute/Piccolo; Oboe; Bb Clarinet; Bassoon
C Trumpet 1; C Trumpet 2; Trombone
Harp
Piano
Timpani
Percussion
Double Bass

Two (or more) on a part:
Violin 1
Violin 2
Viola
Cello
Musical Style: tonal, lyrical, comical, dramatic, and "appropriately spooky"
Contact: Enchanted Knickers Music
Phone: (301) 299-7480 and/or (240) 388-0644
Composer Web Site: http://artsongs.com/
Librettist Web Site: http://www.danagioia.net/
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