An Opera In 2 Acts
Piano Reduction/Vocal Score
Performing Ensemble: Voice with Piano
Instrumentation: 2 Flutes (2 dbl. Picc), Oboe (dbl. EH), 2 Clarinet in Bb, Bass Clarinet in Bb, Bassoon, 2 Horns in F, 2 Trumpets in C, Trombone, Bass trombone, Timpani, 2 Percussion, Piano/Celesta, Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Violoncello, Contrabass
Item Number: 411-41145
Number of Pages: 322
Text: Based on the Play 'Morning Star' by Sylvia Regan
Publisher: Theodore Presser Co
The title aria tells us “Morning Star” refers to Venus and is a metaphor for love and hope. Based on Sylvia Regan’s play and on parallels with the composer’s own family, Morning Star is a deeply touching character piece about life among Jewish immigrants in New York City’s Lower East Side. Hope blossoms and is dashed as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911, World War I, and the Great Depression lead to death, divorce, and despair. Through it all, William M. Hoffman’s colorful libretto and Ricky Ian Gordon’s engaging score maintain charming threads of love and optimism, comedy amid tragedy, and luscious sonorities featuring a large cast of singers - in English, Yiddish, Italian, and Haitian French. The two-act opera is 2½ hours in duration.
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