The Old Maid and the Thief
Composer: Gian Carlo Menotti
Librettist: Gian Carlo Menotti
Other Artistic Personnel: Alberto Erede, conductor
Original Cast: Miss Todd: Mary Hoppel
Bob: Robert Weede
Laetitia: Margaret Daum
Miss Pinkerton: Dorothy Sarnoff
Premiere Date: April 22, 1939
Producing Company: NBC Radio
Description: Miss Todd, a middle-aged spinster, lives alone with her young servant Laetitia. While she is entertaining her friend Miss Pinkerton, a handsome beggar comes to the door; Laetitia persuades Miss Todd to ask him to stay for the night. The following day Miss Todd meets Miss Pinkerton on the street and learns that a criminal has escaped from the local prison; his description fits that of Bob, her beggar guest. But she is already infatuated with him and determines to protect him from the police. Laetitia also loves Bob; together the two women rob a liquor store to give him spending money. Furious because Bob will not return her love, Miss Todd goes for the police, though she has discovered that he is not the escaped convict. While she is gone Laetitia persuades Bob that his only safety lies in marrying her and running away. Together they ransack Miss Todd's house and elope in her car.
Character List (Major): Miss Todd (con)
Laetitia (s)
Miss Pinkerton (s)
Bob (bar)
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Length: Length is not available.
Total Acts: 1
Chorus: No chorus
Orchestration: 2 fl, oboe, cl, bsn, 2 hrn, 2 trp, trb, perc, strings
Contact: Published by Belwin
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Schedule of Performances Listings
The Old Maid and the Thief (Menotti)
Friday, December 6, 2013 - Florida Opera Theatre
The Old Maid and the Thief (Menotti)
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - Mississippi Opera
The Old Maid and the Thief (Menotti)
Friday, March 23, 2007 - Living Opera
The Old Maid and the Thief (Menotti)
Thursday, September 16, 2004 - Lyric Opera of Waco (see also Waco Performing Arts Alliance)
The Old Maid and the Thief (Menotti)
Friday, February 2, 2001 - University of North Carolina at Greensboro
The Old Maid and the Thief (Menotti)
Saturday, December 9, 2000 - Opera Theater of Pittsburgh
The Old Maid and the Thief (Menotti)
Sunday, January 16, 2000 - Opera Roanoke
The Old Maid and the Thief (Menotti)
Friday, August 4, 1995 - Opera Saratoga
The Old Maid and the Thief (Menotti)
Saturday, May 22, 1993 - Lyric Opera of Chicago
The Old Maid and the Thief (Menotti)
Friday, April 30, 1993 - Fort Worth Opera
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