The Saint of Bleecker Street
Composer: Gian Carlo Menotti
Librettist: Gian Carlo Menotti
Other Artistic Personnel: Robert Randolph (designer)
Thomas Schippers (conductor)
Original Cast: Virginia Copeland/Gabrielle Ruggiero (Annina)
David Poleri/Davis Cunningham (Michele)
Gloria Lane (Desideria)
Leon Lishner (Don Marco)
Maria Di Gerlando (Carmela)
Maria Marlo (Maria Corona)
David Aiken (Salvatore)
Lucy Becque (Concettina)
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Premiere Date: December 27, 1954
Producing Company: Broadway
Description: Annina, the Saint of Bleecker Street, wants to take the veil before she dies, but her non-believing brother Michele tries to prevent her from taking part in religious rites. When Michele refuses to acknowledge his girlfriend Desideria, she accuses him of having an unnatural love for his sister. Michele stabs Desideria to death. Annina goes through with the religious ceremony before her brother can stop her, then dies.
Character List (Major): Annina (s)
Michele (t)
Carmela (s)
Maria Corona (mz)
Assunta (s)
Desideria (mz)
Don Marco (b)
Character List (Minor): Salvatore (bar)
Bit Parts: A Young Man (t)
A Young Woman (s)
An Old Woman (s)
Concettina (5 yrs. Old)
Dumb Son of Maria Corona (16 yrs. Old)
Bartender (b)
First Guest (t)
Second Guest (bar)
A Girl (speaking)
A Man’s Voice (t)
Old Man (b)
One Tenor (t)
One Bass (b)
A Nun (mute)
A Young Priest Mute
Length: 03:50
Total Acts: 3
Chorus: SSAATTBB chorus (Neighbors, Friends, Policemen, etc.)
Orchestration: 2 fl + pic, 2 ob + ca, 2 cl + bcl, 2 bsn + cbn - 4 hrn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, tba - timp, 3 perc - hp, pf - str
stage music: pic - 3tpt, tbn, tba - 2perc
Contact: G. Schirmer, Inc.
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Phone: 212-254-2100
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Schedule of Performances Listings
The Saint of Bleecker Street (Menotti)
Saturday, July 21, 2007 - Central City Opera
The Saint of Bleecker Street (Menotti)
Thursday, April 15, 1999 - Opera Theater of Pittsburgh
The Saint of Bleecker Street (Menotti)
Saturday, April 9, 1994 - Lyric Opera of Kansas City
The Saint of Bleecker Street (Menotti)
Saturday, July 3, 1993 - Des Moines Metro Opera
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