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Breakfast Waltzes
Harold Blumenfeld
Charles Kondek
Michael Borowitz, Conductor; Paula Homer, Director; Michael Egel, Assistant Director and Stage Manager
Cheryl Shenefelt, Andrea Wilkomirksi, Janara Kellerman and Jason Scarcella
July 12, 1997
Des Moines Metro Opera, Inc.
The opera takes place in the apartment of a successful, sultry Actress. Her stage-struck Maid emotes over the script she attempts to memorize. The doorbell rings, admitting Wife of the bookkeeper in Actress' theatrical troupe. Receipts for bouquets in hand, Wife accuses Actress of having an affair with her husband Fritz. Actress convinces Wife that it's merely a scheme Fritz has trumped up so she won't take him for granted. The women part friends, the Actress presenting her photo to Wife. Actress orders Maid to prepare brunch for two, and take rest of day off. Actress approaches bedroom, calls "You can come out - it's safe. She has left". Fritz replies he cannot stay, but will see her later that evening. Distraught, Actress enters bedroom. Maid returns rehearsing lines, which constitute passionate delcaration of love to a character coincidentally called Fritzi. When our Fritz emerges from bedroom, he believes these words to be directed at himself, smothers Maid with kisses. Maid is frozen speechless. Actress re-enters, catches Fritz in the act, is furious. Wife inoppurtunely returns to have photo autographed by Actress; is horrified seeing her husband mid-flirtation. All three women converge on Fritz, eject him. Struck with ridiculousness of situation, they break into laughter as curtain falls.
The opera is an hommage to Johann Strauss, Jr. and is littered with quotations from his waltzes and those of others, the composer included.
2 fl, ob, cl in A, bsn - hrn - pf, perc - str (4 vln, 3 vla, 3vc, 1db)
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