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The Pipe of Desire
Frederick Shepherd Converse
George Edward Barton
Wallace Goodrich (Conductor)
Bertha Cushing Child (Naoia)
George Dean (Iolan)
Stephen Townsend (Old One)
Alice Bates Rice (First Sylph)
January 31, 1906
Boston Opera Company
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.
Iolan, a peasant (tenor)
Naoia, his betrothed (soprano)
The Old-One, keeper of the Pipe (baritone)
First Sylph (soprano)
First Undine (contralto)
First Salamander (tenor)
First Gnome (baritone)
" 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
Mixed. Chorus of Elves.
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