Ballymore
Composer: Richard Wargo
Librettist: Richard Wargo
Other Artistic Personnel: Dorothy Danner (stage director)
Richard Carsey (music director)
Carol Bailey (set designer)
Original Cast: 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)
Premiere Date: January 29, 1999
Producing Company: Skylight Opera Theatre
Description: "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.
Comments: Originally co-commissioned by Opera Company of Philadelphia
Length: 02:30
Total Acts: 2
Orchestration: 15 players, plus pre-recorded uilleann pipes
Musical Style: 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.
Contact: G. Schirmer, Inc.
Address: 257 Park Avenue South, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10010
E-mail Address: pm@schirmer.com
Phone: 212-254-2100
Publisher Web Site: http://www.schirmer.com
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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