June 1, 1993 | Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
The Midnight Angel
Composer:David Carlson
Librettist:Peter S. Beagle
Lady Neville, a widow of charm, wealth and determination, decides to invite Death to her final grand ball. By passing the message through the mother of a dying child, Lady Neville insures that message will be received. It is received and to everyone’s surprise, Death accepts. In the second act, Death’s arrival is anticipated and as Midnight passes and he has not shown up, Lady Neville fears a great and humiliating fiasco. Death arrives late, having come from far away. As dawn nears, the guests beg death to stay, becoming human permanently. Death agrees, but only if someone else takes on the role. There are no volunteers, but Death chooses a replacement.ciourtesy of Carl Fischer, Inc.

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Skylight Music TheatreThe Midnight Angel9/9/2007 - 10/10/2007
Sacramento Philharmonic & OperaThe Midnight Angel11/1/1993 - 11/22/1993
Glimmerglass FestivalThe Midnight Angel7/1/1993 - 8/1/1993
Opera Theatre of Saint LouisThe Midnight Angel6/1/1993 - 6/17/1993

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Musical Style
Minimalism with tonal melodies; small aria monologues; vocally grateful music for singers; influenced by Stravinsky and the vocal writing of Barber and Menotti; some cinematic flairs reminiscent of Bernard Herrmann's scores

Vocal & Musical Forces
Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes (English horn), 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 French horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba, 2 percussion, harp, synthesizer (Proteus 2 or similar), strings; 2 sopranos, 2 mezzo-sopranos, 2 tenors, baritone, bass-baritone

Original Cast
Original Cast: Lady Neville, Elaine Bonazzi; Death (Angeline), Christine Abraham; Dickinson, John Stephens; Henry, Lord Allardyce, Tracey Wellborn; Margaret Laval, Mary Margaret Sapp; John Lorimond, Brad Cresswell; Captain Richard Compson, James Maddalena; The Contessa dei Candini, Katherine Terrell; A Hairdresser, Ron Schiaffo

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