Elegy for a Prince
Composer: Sergio Cervetti
Librettist: Elizabeth Esris
Other Artistic Personnel: Brian Graman (Conductor)
Original Cast: Jeffrey Tucker (Father)
Eric Jordan (Mayor)
Julianne Borg (the Swallow)
Scott Hogsed (the Prince)
Wayne Hobbs (the Young Writer)
Malia Bendi Merad (the Match Girl)
Work Web Site: http://www.elegyforaprince.com
Premiere Date: May 12, 2007
Producing Company: New York City Opera
Description: Imagination, humor, cynicism, sorrow and love intertwine in Elegy For A Prince, a bittersweet musical journey that resonates with life. It places Oscar Wilde’s story, The Happy Prince, within an original framework that begins with a father reading the tale to his son. As in the original story, the Prince seeks to alleviate the suffering that he ignored while he was alive. Swallow is a young vagabond and dreamer of exotic origins who stumbles into town and becomes the Prince’s agent to the poor. Together they fulfill the Prince’s mission. In the process, Swallow develops compassion for humanity and learns from the Prince that love is the divine secret, as expressed in the second act in a farewell duet that borrows from Wilde’s discourse on love in De Profundis. The opera ends with the emergence of one of the characters from the story—the Young Writer—as a champion of compassion and beauty in a cynical world.
Character List (Major): Dramatic Tenor, Baritone, Lyric Soprano.
Character List (Minor): 3 tenors, 1 Bass-baritone, 2 Basses, 1 Lyric Soprano
Length: 02:00
Total Acts: 2
Chorus: Childrens' Chorus
Orchestration: Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, English Horn, E-Flat Clarinet, 2 B-Flat Clarinets, 1 Bass Clarinet, 2 Bassoons, Contrabassoon - 4 French Horns, 3 Trumpets in B-Flat, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, B-Flat Tuba - Piano, Celesta, one player - 4 Percussion players: 4 Timpani, Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Glockenspiel, Marimba, Xylophone, Triangle (7 inch), 3 Timbales, 1 Suspended Cymbal, Ratchet, 2 Anvils low and high pitched, Tubular Bells, Tam-tam, Tambourine, Güiro, Claves, Piece of glass, placed on a hollow wooden box to be broken with a mallet - 2 Harps - Strings
Musical Style: The music is melodic and tonally free, woven of leitmotifs and shifting meters in an uninterrupted flow; a lyrical work of evocative moods, rich in emotional variety.
Contact: Sergio Cervetti or Elizabeth Esris
E-mail Address: kenserg@msn.com
Phone: 215-489-8716
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