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S. (Piano/Vocal Score)

By Ronald Perera

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Opera in 2 Acts for full or chamber orchestra and mixed voices (FULL VERSION: 2(1.2/Pic) 2(1.2/EH) 2(1.2/Asx, BCl) 2 - 2 2 2 0 - H - P(2) - Sitar(or synth) - Tambura(opt.) - StrCHAMBER VERSION: 2Kybd(Pf, Synth) - 2P - Sitar (opt.) - Tambura (opt.))
Composed by Ronald Perera. Full Length Opera. 20th Century. Piano/vocal score. E.C. Schirmer Publishing #5751. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.5751).

Item Number: EC.5751

Text: C. Congdon, based on J. Updike.

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

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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


In S. he [Perera] takes...[a] bold step, setting to music Updike's epistolary portrait of a vastly... interesting person: Sarah is intelligent, strong, witty, passionate and cunning. Entirely without malice, she knows what she wants and gets it... Perera's music, memorable mainly for its texture and style, does beautifully in setting mood, defining character, underlining humor, and distinguishing the sounds of two worlds.

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