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Firebird Motel (Piano/Vocal Score)

By David Conte

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Composed by David Conte (1955-). One Act/Chamber Opera. Piano/vocal score. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.6269).

Item Number: EC.6269

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8.5" x 11" inches. Text: David Yezzi.

Available Editions:
Piano/Vocal Score, 6269
CD Audio Recording, CD154
Full score and parts available for rental from the publisher.

Written by David Yezzi

Firebird Motel tells the story of an eventful night among the hopeless down-and-out denizens of a seedy semi-residential motel in the Mojave Desert. The motel is both a haven of last resort and a death trap for hapless young women. The motel is haunted by the ghost of Julie, a beloved resident who recently disappeared in the desert, and by a predatory cop, Trooper, whom everyone believes is responsible for her disappearance. Ivan, a chronically depressed night clerk, watches helplessly as Trooper demands sexual favors from his next victim, Corina. Julie makes a ghostly visit, warning Ivan of Trooper's intentions; Ivan transfers his romantic intent from Julie to Corina, and he and Nova, an earth-mother type and long-time resident of the motel, attempt to save Corina. The climax comes in a fatal shoot-out in the dark. Ivan confesses that he shot Trooper with Julie's gun. Julie's voice is heard, as Corina and Ivan plan to escape together as the sun rises. Duration: ~ 60 Minutes

NOVA - Mezzo-Soprano
JULIE - Soprano
CORINA - Soprano
IVAN - Tenor
TROOPER - Bass-Baritone

November 2003, Thick House, by the San Francisco Theater Company Thick Description

Notable Performances:
University of Delaware
Hot Air Music Festival, San Francisco

Available Recordings:
Arsis CD154

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