The Pipe of Desire
Composer: Frederick Shepherd Converse
Librettist: George Edward Barton
Other Artistic Personnel: Wallace Goodrich (Conductor)
Original Cast: Bertha Cushing Child (Naoia)
George Dean (Iolan)
Stephen Townsend (Old One)
Alice Bates Rice (First Sylph)
Premiere Date: January 31, 1906
Producing Company: Boston Opera Company
Description: The pipe of desire is a magic pipe owned by the Old One, leader of the elves. Young Iolan uses it wrongly and causes the death of his lover Naoia and himself.

The Pipe of Desire was the first opera by an American composer presented by the Metropolitan Opera (March 18, 1910). It received three performances in one season.
Character List (Major): Iolan, a peasant (tenor)
Naoia, his betrothed (soprano)
The Old-One, keeper of the Pipe (baritone)
Character List (Minor): First Sylph (soprano)
First Undine (contralto)
First Salamander (tenor)
First Gnome (baritone)
Reviews: " Pipe of Desire" Frederick S. Converse's English Opera, to Be Given at the Metropolitan.; METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE. - The New York Times 3/13/1910
"The Pipe of Desire" Well Received - The Sun 3/1910
Length: 01:00
Total Acts: 1
Chorus: Mixed. Chorus of Elves.
Contact: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
Address: P.O. Box 1404
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Publisher Web Site: http://www.kessinger.net/
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