Suor Isabella
Composer: Robert Xavier Rodriguez
Librettist: Daniel Dibbern
Other Artistic Personnel: Robert Xavier Rodriguez (Music Director)
Original Cast: Susan Barrow (soprano) as Suor Isabella
Premiere Date: July 07, 1982
Producing Company: Univerisity of Texas Dallas
Description: Suor Isabella is a ribald companion piece to Puccini’s classic, Suor Angelica. The two works may be performed with the same cast, sets and costumes. The title character, Sister Isabella, is a beautiful young nun who sneaks a man into her cell. The other nuns gleefully report Isabella to the Mother Superior who, having a lover of her own (a priest), dresses hurriedly in the dark, covering her head not with her veil but with the priest’s trousers! When all is discovered, the Mother Superior forgives Isabella and the nuns praise the joy of human love as a reflection of divine love.
Character List (Major): Sister Isabella(s)
Abbess Usimbalda(mz)
Sister Ficcanaso(s)
Sister Sgridaretta(mz)
Character List (Minor): Three nuns
Bit Parts: Isabella's Lover(Disguised)
Reviews: Patsy Swank, The Dallas Downtown News; Derrick Henry, The Boston Globe; Phyllis Curtin, The Metropolitan Opera
Length: 01:10
Total Acts: 1
Chorus: SSA Chorus
Orchestration: 1 fl(picc), 1 cl(bcl) - 1 tpt, 1 btbn - perc - hp, pf - vln, vc
Musical Style: Comic opera
Contact: G. Schirmer, Inc.
Address: 257 Park Avenue South, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10010
E-mail Address: pm@schirmer.com
RobertXavierRodríguez@tx.rr.com
Phone: 212-254-2100
Composer Web Site: http://www.robertxavierrodriguez.com/
Publisher Web Site: http://www.schirmer.com
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