October 8, 1964 | New York City Opera
Natalia Petrovna
Composer:Lee Hoiby
Librettist:William Ball
Natalia Petrovna is in love with Belaev, the young tutor who is educating her son. Her uncontrollable passion drives away her tame lover, Rakitin, and embitters her husband, Arcady. Natalia accuses Belaev of being in love with her niece, Vera. Belaev, who is secretly in love with Natalia, leaves. Vera, due to Belaev's departure and Natalia's goading, agrees to marry Bolisov. Even Lisavetta, a companion of Arcady's mother, leaves to marry a cynical family doctor. Natalia is left alone with the nucleus of her family: husband, son, and mother-in-law.

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Musical Style
Conservative; tonal; post-romantic; traditional harmonies; lyrical vocal lines; rich orchestral texture

Vocal & Musical Forces
Two flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 3 French horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, timpani, percussion, harp, piano (accordian), strings; 3 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, tenor, (child), baritone, bass-baritone; SATB chorus

Original Cast
Maria Dornya (Natalia)
John Reardon (Belaev)
John McCollum (Arcady)
Sandra Darling (Vera)
Patricia Brooks (Lisavetta)
Jack Harrold (Doctor)
Muriel Greenspan (Anna Semyonova)
Richard Cross (Rakitin)
Richard Krause (Bolisov)
Anthony Rudel (Kolia)

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