Beast and Superbeast

Beast and Superbeast, a chamber comic opera in four one-acts based on stories by Saki (H. H. Munro), (1996) libretto by Andrew Joffe (The Interlopers, Sredni Vashtar, The Mappined Life, Tobermory) various chamber ensembles; dur. 2 hours + intermission.

March 1996 at Bethesda, MD by The Other Opera Company, full production, 2 pianos and percussion (6 perfs.) June 1996 in New York City by the American Chamber Opera Company, full production with orchestra (4 perfs.)

 

The Interlopers, a short story in music, (1992-4) Andrew A. Joffe, librettist, adapted from Saki’s short story, for two baritones and chamber ensemble (2 tpts., 2 horns, trombone, tuba, timp., and strings), c. 20 min.

 

Sredni Vashtar, a story in music and one act, (1993-4) Andrew A. Joffe, librettist, adapted from Saki’s short story, for soprano and contralto and chamber ensemble (oboe/Eng. horn, harp, 2 perc., double string quartet and bass), c. 40 min.

 

The Mappined Life, a story in rondo-variations, (1995) Andrew A. Joffe, librettist, adapted from Saki’s short story, for soprano, contralto and baritone, and piano, c. 15 min.

 

Tobermory, a story in music and one act, (1990-91) Andrew A. Joffe, librettist, adapted from Saki’s short story, for seven singers and chamber ensemble (fl., 2 clar., bassoon, piano 4-hands, perc., and strings), c. 45 min.; full production April 18, 1993 by the University of Oregon at Eugene, Winner of the National Opera Association’s Fifth Biennial Chamber Opera Competition (1992)

November 1993 at Tulane University (as the 1992 prize-winner at the NOA’s 1993 convention in New Orleans)

American Chamber Opera Co. in NYC (with a grant from Meet the Composer) Feb. 1994, 4 perfs.

Lake George Opera Festival (with Mozart’s The Impresario) August 9, 11 & 13, 1997

U. of Missouri at Kansas City Opera workshop April 29, 1998

Boston University Opera Institute, Fringe Festival, Nov. 3-5, 2000, 4 perfs.

Boston University Opera Institute, Fringe Festival, Oct. 25-26, 31-Nov. 1, 2008, 4 perfs.

 

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