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North American Works Directory Listing
Richard Wargo
Richard Wargo
Dorothy Danner (stage director)
Richard Carsey (music director)
Carol Bailey (set designer)
Alicia Berneche (Mag/Cissie)
Jeffrey Picón (Joe)
Neil Michaels & Hillary Nicholson (Ballad Singers)
David Barron (Andy)
Leslie Fitzwater (Hanna)
Marni Nixon (Mrs. Wilson)
Jennifer Clark (Kate)
January 29, 1999
Skylight Opera Theatre
"Winners" depicts the last day on earth of two young lovers destined to die by day's end in a boating accident. As the audience gradually learns of the fate that awaits the young pair through the narrative of two ballad-singers, life, in the presence of death, appears all the more precious and fleeting. "Losers" portrays the efforts of two middle-aged lovers to pursue a romance amid a barrage of obstacles that includes the household's nightly Rosary to St. Philomena. When the Vatican expels St. Philomena from its Canon of Saints, havoc ensues and lives are forever altered.
Originally co-commissioned by Opera Company of Philadelphia
15 players, plus pre-recorded uilleann pipes
Jubilant allegros and an Irish-tinged lyricism accompany and portray the young lovers of Act I, "Winners", while the fateful narration employs a starker music (including offstage uilleann pipes), reminiscent of the sean-nos, the traditional Irish ballad-singers. Dance rhythms, pious Rosary chanting, bell-clanging, and hymn-singing all combine together in Act II, "Losers", a lively comic ensemble piece.
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Schedule of Performances Listings
Ballymore (Wargo)
Friday, October 11, 2013 - Chelsea Opera
Ballymore (Wargo)
Friday, January 29, 1999 - Skylight Music Theatre
Ballymore (Wargo)
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