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Lady Kate (Piano/Vocal Score)

Opera in Two Acts

By Robert Ward

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Opera in Two Acts. Composed by Robert Ward. 20th Century. Piano/vocal score. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.VP0011).

Item Number: EC.VP0011

Text: Bernard Stambler.

Available Editions:
Piano/Vocal Score, VP0011
Full score and parts available for rental from the publisher.

Libretto:
Written by Bernard Stambler based on the novel by Homer Croy

Synopsis:
Opera in 2 Acts. Lady Kate is a 1993 revision of Ward's earlier opera, The Lady from Colorado. Lady Kate is set in Elkhorn, Colorado, in the late nineteenth-century. It is the story of Katie Lawder, an Irish immigrant who moved to Colorado to be her own boss, and Cecil Moon, an expatriate English gentleman. Not long after they court and marry, Cecil's grandfather dies and the couple, now Lord and Lady Moon, return to England. Once there, Katie finds she cannot fit in with the British aristocracy and persuades her husband to return to Elkhorn to take up ranching. Upon returning they find former outlaw and gun-slinger, Jack Spaniard, running for election as Colorado's first senator. Despite plans to lead a quiet life, Cecil Moon is convinced by his friends to be the opposing candidate. With the special help of his gambling English butler, Rutledge Blunt, Cecil wins the election.

Lady Kate is a rousing opera with elements of Broadway musical theater and excellent opportunities for colorful staging and direction. Duration: ~ 2 Hours, 30 Minutes

Roles:
JEFF STAFFORD - Baritone
SARAH CHICKEN - Mezzo-Soprano
TOM WADE - Tenor
LOLA LOPEZ - Soprano
EVE ST. JOHN - Mezzo-Soprano
PARSON DOWSER (also Governor) - Baritone
SISTER SUNSHINE - Soprano
KATIE LAWDER (Lady Moon) - Soprano
JACK SPANIARD - Bass
CECIL MOON (Lord Moon) - Tenor
THADDEUS BOWEN (Commissioner of Territories) - Speaking Only
HENCHMEN OF JACK SPANIARD (2) - Speaking Only
RUTLEDGE BLUNT - Bass-Baritone
CHORUS, various townspeople -
DANCERS, various townspeople -


Premier:
1994, Ohio Light Opera

Notable Performances:
Triangle Opera Theater
Ohio Light Opera