Sorry, Wrong Number
Composer: Jack Beeson
Librettist: Jack Beeson
Other Artistic Personnel: Charles Meryon (director)
Richard Marshall (conductor)
Work Web Site: http://www.boosey.com/pages/opera/moredetails.asp?
Premiere Date: May 25, 1999
Producing Company: Center for Contemporary Opera
Description: Mrs. Stevenson, an invalid confined to a wheelchair, tries to call her husband on the telephone. Accidentally, the wires cross allowing her to overhear a Capo and George, a contract killer, plotting a murder for 11:15 that night, to coincide with a train passing across a bridge. After trying futilely to get an operator to trace the call, she contacts the police department. Sergeant Duffy tells her he will take care of it. She realizes that he will do nothing and becomes very anxious. She is startled when her phone rings: it is a Western Union message from her husband. He is on his way to Boston for business and will be back the following day. While speaking with the operator she hears a clicking noise on the phone line. Certain there is someone downstairs on the other line, she asks for the police department. Terrified, she thrashes about and knocks a lamp over, plunging the room into darkness. Her door opens and a figure moves toward her. It is 11:15 and the noise of the train crossing the bridge mixes with her screams. Sergeant Duffy calls. George picks up the phone and says, “Sorry, wrong number.”
Character List (Major): MRS. GUGLIELMO STEVENSON (Spinto Soprano)
FIRST TELEPHONE OPERATOR (Contralto)
GEORGE, a contract killer (Bass)
CAPO, George's boss (Baritone)
TELEPHONE SUPERVISOR (Mezzo-Soprano)
Character List (Minor): Young Man, from the delicatessen (Baritone)
Sergeant Duffy (Lyric Baritone)
Second Telephone Operator (Lyric Soprano)
Western Union (Bass)
Length: 00:40
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: major roles: S,lyrS,M,A,Bar,lyrBar,B; minor roles: Bar,B 1(=afl).1(=corA).2(I=Ebcl,II=bcl).1-1.1.0.0-timp.perc(1):BD/lg tom-t/ sm tom-t/tgl/wdbl/susp.cym/bell/crot-3vln.2vla.vlc.db
Contact: Boosey & Hawkes
E-mail Address: composers.us@boosey.com
Publisher Web Site: http://www.boosey.com/pages/opera/moredetails.asp?
Schedule of Performances Listings
Sorry, Wrong Number (Beeson)
Tuesday, May 25, 1999 - Center for Contemporary Opera
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