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Black River, A Wisconsin Idyll (Piano/Vocal Score)

By Conrad Susa

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Grand opera in 3 Acts and a Prologue for mixed voices (2 2 2 2 - 4 2 2 0 - T+P(2) - Kybd(2) - H - Str)
Composed by Conrad Susa (1935-). Full Length Opera. Piano/vocal score. E.C. Schirmer Publishing #4206. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.4206).

Item Number: EC.4206

Text: Richard Street, Conrad Susa.

Written by Richard Street and Conrad Susa

Grand Opera in 3 Acts with a Prologue. The opera presents vignettes relating the stories of three women, their lives, and their losses at the foot of the Black River. Clara, preoccupied with the memory of her infant son's death by drowning in the Black River 12 years earlier, sews a quilt and dulls her despair with the aid of a cocaine-based medicine. Lucy, her step-daughter, is engaged to marry a man she does not love. Pauline, living in the state mental hospital, mourns the passing of her career as an opera singer and the estranged relationship between herself and her son. Soon after Lucy and Ben are married, Ben dies, leaving Lucy, who has just begun to truly love her husband, alone and pregnant. Their wedding is transformed into a funeral. Pauline reconciles with her son and leaves the hospital and Black River Falls forever. Lucy also departs, in hopes of finding a better life elsewhere. Clara, having finished her quilt, takes it to the banks of the river, saturates it with kerosene, and sets it and her body on fire. Duration: ~ 3 Hours, 30 Minutes

CLARA GRAY, a housewife turning 40Mezzo-Soprano
LUCY GRAY HOLLAND, Clara's 18-year old stepdaughterSoprano
PAULINE L'ALLEMAND, an opera singer past her primeSoprano
REVERAND WOODS, a Lutheran pastorTenor
HORACE GRAY, Clara's husband, Lucy's father/JACOB SPAULDING, founding settler of Black River FallsBass-Baritone
BEN HOLLAND, Lucy's late husband, 18 years oldBaritone
COLONEL C.C. POPE, Civil War veteran/Square Dance CallerTenor
P.H. HOWELL, old codger, friend of Pope's Tenor
HANNAH COLE, Temperance League leaderMezzo-Soprano
HERR 6 3/4, character in Pauline's operetta/HENRI L'ALLEMAND, Pauline's husband/EDGAR L'ALLEMAND, Pauline's teen-age sonBaritone
HERR DREI, character in Pauline's operetta/LEO DELIBES, Parisien composerTenor
DOCTOR KROHN, physician at Mendota State Hospital/DUDLEY GRAY, Horace's fatherBaritone
MISS DOROTHY SNITE, spinster teacher/MRS. DUDLEY GRAY, Horace's motherMezzo-Soprano
FRANK HOLAND, Ben's merchant fatherTenor
MRS. FRANK HOLLAND, Ben's motherMute
THOMAS WOOD, a loggerTenor
ANDREW WOOD, his brotherBaritone
ONSTAGE CHORUS (supplemented off-stage)SSAATTBB


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