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Vera of Las Vegas

A Nightmare Cabaret Opera in One Act

By Daron Hagen

Tenor, Baritone, Soprano, Male Soprano, Keyboard
A Nightmare Cabaret Opera in One Act. Composed by Daron Hagen (1961-). The Staged world premiere of the Opera was given by the Center for Contemporary Opera at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space, in New York City, on 25, 26 June 2003. Score and audio CD. With Standard notation. 126 pages. Carl Fischer #VS00001. Published by Carl Fischer (CF.VS1).

Item Number: CF.VS1

ISBN 825850940. Text: Paul Muldoon.

To a phantasmagoric libretto by Paul Muldoon, Daron Aric Hagen has crafted an extraordinary post-modern music theater piece that draws on a cornucopia of musical styles, classical and popular. Set in a night club in Las Vegas, Vera involves four characters whose alienation from themselves and each other leads to bizarre consequences. The cast includes two suspected IRA operatives on the lam, undercover agents and the title character, a sensationally portrayed African-American Transvestite. The cleverness of the libretto is matched by Daron Hagen's richly imagined and characterful music, by turns wild and touching. The published vocal score includes the complete compact disc "original cast recording" (with libretto) that has recently been released on the CRI label.

  • Facsimile of a page from the working libretto 
  • Credits 
  • Facsimile of a page from the composer's manuscript 
  • Dedication 
  • Synopsis 
  • Characters, Orchestration, Setting 
  • Author's Notes 
  • Production Information 
  • Scene One 
  • Scene Two (The Forum Shops At Ceasar'S Palace) 
  • Scene Three 
  • Scene Four 
  • Scene Five 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Pittsburgh, PA
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  • 2007-03-24 00:00:00.0 A really cool piece.

    My chamber opera in Pittsburgh has been trying to get it together to do this piece for several years. Hagen is incredibly subversive while being at his most disarming -- a great combination for a piece about the misleading nature of appearances. Highly recommended.

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  • 5

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    New York City
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  • 2004-06-27 00:00:00.0 A Cult Classic

    Is it an opera? Is it a cabaret? Is it a musical? Vera is all of these things -- sort of a combination of Blitzstein's "Cradle Will Rock" and Bernstein's "Trouble in Tahiti" with a wild dash of Britten. It premiered on Broadway in 2003 and is already set...

    for revival in Ireland and the UK. Thought-provoking and heart-felt!

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