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Minutes Till Midnight (Libretto)

Opera in Three Acts

By Robert Ward

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Opera in Three Acts. Composed by Robert Ward. Libretto. 24 pages. Published by Highgate Press (EC.7.0276).

Item Number: EC.7.0276

Available Editions:
Piano/Vocal Score, VP0021
Libretto, 7.0276
Full score and parts available for rental from the publisher.

Libretto:
Written by Daniel Lang

Synopsis:
Opera in 3 Acts. A modern morality story in which the conscience of a nuclear physicist is put to the extreme test. Emil Roszak and his young protege, Chris Jessup, are struggling to complete the formula which will harness cosmic energy. With the taming of such enormous power, they imagine a future of flowering deserts, the total conquest of disease, and the dawn of a new era of unlimited space exploration.

Against this Utopian background, an old friend, Amory Dexter, now the Secretary of Science, visits Roszak and his wife, Margo, bearing an invitation from the President of the United States to come to Washington. There, at a meeting of the National Security Council, Roszak is asked to head a crash program utilizing his formula to develop a cosmic bomb and thus gain for the military great advantage over the "enemy." Fired by patriotic considerations, Roszak returns to his university laboratory to complete the formula for this purpose. But a series of events ' a heart attack, the death of Chris in a violent anti-war demonstration, and recurring visions of the bomb's holocaust ' arouse Roszak's conscience. He sends the formula to an international science journal, allowing the world to decide its fate. Duration: ~ 1 Hour, 45 Minutes

Roles:
Emil Roszak, world-renowned scientist in his late fifties - Baritone
Chris Jessup, Emil's protege in his twenties - Tenor
Julie Day, Emil's assistant and Chris' girl friend - Soprano
Margo Roszak, Emil's wife in her early fifties - Mezzo-Soprano
Amory Dexter, Secretary of Science, in his late fifties - Bass-Baritone
Minor Roles combine to form Mixed Chorus -
Small Group of Dancers -


Premier:
1982, Florida Grand Opera