January 1, 2004 | Opera Southwest
A Circle of Love
Composer:Alan Stringer
Librettist:Alan Stringer
Love is awakened in a series of encounters on a single night: A grandmother brings a candy bear to her granddaughter. A dog eats the bear and its sweetness causes him to love the moon. The song of the dog awakens the cold moon whose beams cause a flower to bloom, which in turn sends a bee into a frenzy of affection for the world. The barking of the dog and the light of the moon have kept the grandmother awake. She returns with another candy bear.

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Musical Style
Clearly defined by arias, one for each singer, designed for easy production

Vocal & Musical Forces
2 or 3 Sopranos, Mezzo-soprano, Tenor, Bass; cello; piano

Original Cast
Nellie-Maria Kirmer (The Grandmother); David Milford (The Bear); Andre Garcia-Nuthmann (The Dog); Susan Corley (The Moon); Cammy Woods (The Flower); Claire Seelinger(The Bee). 1992 cast: Lisa Ray Turner as The Grandmother, Paul Krol as The Bear, Ross Sutter as The Dog, Cindy Hughes as The Moon, Sandra Neel as The Flower and The Bee

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