Becoming Santa Claus
Composer: Mark Adamo
Librettist: Mark Adamo
Librettist Bio: Born in 1962, Adamo is acclaimed by critic Alex Ross as “one of the best opera composers of the moment.” He has lately ventured into symphonic composition, choral work, and stage direction with striking assurance. Adamo first attracted national attention with the libretto and score to his uniquely successful début opera, Little Women, after the novel by Louisa May Alcott. Introduced by Houston Grand Opera in 1998 and revived there in 2000, Little Women has since enjoyed over fifty-five national and international engagements. Composer-in-residence at New York City Opera from 2001 through 2006, where he led the VOX: Showcasing American Composers program, Mark Adamo also served as Master Artist at Atlantic Center for the Arts in May 2003, when he coached teams of composers and librettists in developing their work for the stage. Adamo began his education in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where, as a freshman in the Dramatic Writing Program, he received the Paulette Goddard Remarque Scholarship for outstanding undergraduate achievement in playwriting. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Music Degree cum laude in composition in 1990 from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he was awarded the Theodore Presser prize for outstanding undergraduate achievement in composition.
Premiere Date: December 04, 2015
Description: In an Elven kingdom in the Far, Far North, Prince Claus will celebrate his 13th birthday with the party to end all parties; however, a bright star has signaled a momentous birth. Claus decides to dazzle this newborn with an assortment of the very latest gifts before discovering that love is the most treasured gift of all. A witty, wise and wonderful addition to your holidays!
Character List (Major): Queen Sophine — Lyric-coloratura mezzo-soprano 
Prince Claus — Tenor leggiero 
Donkey/Messenger — basso cantante 
The Elves: 
Yan — High lyric soprano  
Ib — Mezzo-soprano 
Yab — Lyric tenor
Ob — Bass-baritone 
Length: 1:30
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: Flute doubling Alto Flute & Piccolo 
Clarinet 1 in B-Flat doubling E-flat clarinet and Bass Clarinet in B-flat 
Clarinet 2 in B-Flat doubling E-flat clarinet and Bass Clarinet in B-flat 
Trumpet in D doubling Trumpet in C 
Horn orchestral horn 1 (high tessitura) 
Tenor Trombone 
Timpani
Percussion 1 Marimba, Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, additional tbd 
Percussion 2 non-pitched skins and metals; tbd 
Piano 1 doubling Celesta 
Piano 2 tuned, tone flat of Piano 1; doubling Harpsichord 
Strings 
Handbell ensemble 4 chromatic octaves

Contact: Schirmer
Address: G.Schirmer, Inc. (ASCAP) New York, NY
Composer Web Site: http://www.markadamo.com/
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