The Ransom of Red Chief
Composer: Robert Xavier Rodriguez
Librettist: Daniel Dibbern
Other Artistic Personnel: Ronald Luchsinger (Stage Director)
John Burrows (Music Director)
Original Cast: Kathy Weiss-Smith
Landon Bowie
Premiere Date: October 10, 1986
Producing Company: Lyric Opera of Dallas and NEA
Description: Sam and his partner Bill, two Yankee con men, kidnap the son of a small-town banker, hoping to hold him for ransom. The boy is more than a match for these two, and they quickly realize they have their hands full. Johnny talks incessantly, asking thousands of questions and obviously having a wonderful time. As the men write the ransom note, Johnny stages a mock attack as the Indian warrior “Red Chief." After “Red Chief” inflicts further terrors and humiliations on Sam and Bill, they agree to pay his father money just to take him back.
Reviews: Wayne Lee Gay, Musical America; Olin Chism, Dallas Times Herald; Mark Lynch, Opera for Youth
Length: 00:55
Total Acts: 1
Chorus: Off-Stage Chorus
Orchestration: 1 fl(picc), 1 cl - 1 tpt, 1 btbn - perc - bjo, can, pf - vln, vc
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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