The Scarf
Composer: Lee Hoiby
Librettist: Harry Duncan
Premiere Date: June 20, 1958
Producing Company: Spoleto Festival, Italy
Description: The opera takes place in the kitchen of an isolated farmhouse during a snowy February night. The story follows Miriam (soprano), a young woman unhappily married to an oppressive and much older husband, Reuel (tenor). She had married him to save her family's farm after the death of her father. A heavy snowstorm breaks out just as a young and handsome Postman (baritone) arrives. Miriam shelters him during the storm and falls almost instantly in love with the Postman. In order to win his love she weaves a magic red romance-inducing scarf. As she weaves Miriam tells the Postman about happier days growing up on the farm as he warms himself by the fire. He eventually falls asleep, after which Miriam uses her occult powers to wish for the Postman to take her away. The Postman wakes and the two kiss before he leaves wearing the magic red scarf. To Miriam's horror the scarf comes back wrapped around the neck of her husband Reuel. The two get into a fight and Miriam ends up strangling Reuel to death with the scarf.
Character List (Major): soprano, tenor and baritone
Length: 0:45
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: 1111-1110-timp.perc-pno.cel-str
Contact: Rock Valley Music
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The Scarf (Hoiby)
Friday, November 7, 2008 - Chelsea Opera
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