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S. (Libretto)

By Ronald Perera

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Composed by Ronald Perera. Libretto. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.5751A).

Item Number: EC.5751A

Text: Constance Congdon, John Updike.

Available Editions:
Piano/Vocal Score, 5751
Libretto, 5751A
Full score and parts available for rental from the publisher.

Written by Constance Congdon based on the novel by John Updike

Opera in 2 Acts (11 Scenes). S. is Sara Worth, a Bostonian matron who jettisons her family and comfortable lifestyle to join the Arizona ashram of a Hindu religious leader, known as the Arhat. In a stream of written and taped communications to her family and friends back east, Sara relates the story of her rise to prominence at the ashram and of her surprising discovery about its founder. This hilarious romp through 1980s American culture takes place in Boston, Boston's North Shore, Arizona, Florida, England, Holland, and on an island in the Bahamas. Duration: ~ 2 Hours, 25 Minutes

Sarah Worth, an upper-class WASP in her mid- forties - Lyric Soprano
Charles Worth, Sarah's Husband, a doctor - Lyric Baritone
Pearl, Sarah and Charles' college-age daughter - Coloratura Soprano
The Arhat, founder of Ashram Arhat, Forrest, AZ - Lyric Tenor
Durga, chief administrator of the ashram - Lyric Soprano
Gillman, Charles' lawyer - Bass-Baritone
Mother, Sarah's mother, a widow retired in Florida - Lyric Mezzo-Soprano
Midge, Sarah's best friend on the North Shore - Soprano
Miles Murrow, a TV talk show host - Sprechstimme role
Swiss Banker - Speaking (French) role
Ducky Bradford, Charles' investment advisor and Dr. Podhoretz, Sarah's dentist - Tenor
Sheriff Yardley, Sheriff of Dorado County, AZ, and Dr. Epstein, Sarah's psychiatrist - Bass
Chorus (minimum 24) - SATB

September 1995, Smith College (Chamber Version)

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