The Love of Don Perlimplin
Composer: Conrad Susa
Librettist: Conrad Susa and Richard Street
Other Artistic Personnel: David Alden, Stage Director; Andrew Meltzer, Conductor; Marleen Pennison, Choreographer; Douglas W. Schmidt, Set Designer; Patricia Zipprodt, Costume Designer
Original Cast: Original Cast: Don Perlimplin, David Malis; Belisa, Ruth Ann Swenson; Belisa's mother, Nancy Gustafson; Marcolfa, Dolora Zajic
Premiere Date: August 02, 1984
Producing Company: PepsiCo Summerfare, SUNY Purchase
Description: A wealthy, old bachelor is persuaded by his housekeeper to take a wife. He marries a young, lusty woman—a match that is disastrous. Perlimplin realizes that his young wife will take lovers, and he is filled with despair. At the same time, however, he has experienced love and has learned to use his imagination. He devises a plan by which, disguised as a young man in a red cape, he woos and wins Belisa. Honor, however, demands that the husband kill the wife's lover. Since they are one in the same, Perlimplin makes the ultimate sacrifice and kills himself. Through this tragic act, Belisa realizes what true love is, and she is transformed from a wanton, flighty girl to a mature woman.
Character List (Major): 2 Sopranos, Mezzo-soprano, Baritone
Reviews: Musical America, 9-90; Musical America, 12-85; Opera News, 12-8-84; The New York Times, Tim Page, 8-4-84
Length: 01:10
Chorus: Chorus of 6
Orchestration: fl(picc), ob(Eng Hrn), 2 cl(bcl), bsn(cbsn) - hrn, tpt, tbn - 3 perc, 2 kbd(hpsd, elec pf, cel), mand - str
Ballet/Dance: Dancers
Musical Style: Tonal; accessible, lyrical melodies; colorful orchestration and unique instrumental combinations; neo-classical
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