A Water Bird Talk
Composer: Dominick Argento
Librettist: Dominick Argento
Other Artistic Personnel: Philip Brunelle (Conductor)
Ian Strasfogel (Stage Director)
Original Cast: Vern Sutton (The Lecturer)
Premiere Date: May 20, 1977
Producing Company: New Opera Theatre and Brooklyn Academy of Music
Description: A lecturer addresses a ladies' club on the subject of water birds. Gradually, the lecturer reveals that his miserable existence is due to an overbearing, domineering wife. His descriptions of the birds' habits come to act as metaphors for his own horribly henpecked life. Meanwhile his wife is reacting in the wings by coughing, clearing her throat, etc.
Character List (Major): Gentleman Lecturer(bar)
Reviews: The New York Times, Bernard Holland, 11-2-96; The New York Times, Bernard Holland, 2-11-86; The New Yorker, Andrew Porter, 6-6-77; The New York Times, John Rockwell, 5-21-77 Selected Recordings: Koch, 1997, 3-7388-2 H1; Newport 1996, NCD 85602; Videotape: The Minnesota Opera, 1981, #12274
Length: 00:45
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: 1 fl, 1 ob, 1 ob - 1 hrn - perc(timp, glsp, t bells, marimba, susp cym) - hp - pf(cel) - str(1 vln 1, 1 vln 2, 1 vla, 1 vc, 1 db)
Musical Style: Argento uses two 12-note rows, one for the vocal material and one for the accompaniment; the work is organized as a theme and six variations with coda.
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Schedule of Performances Listings
A Water Bird Talk (Argento)
Friday, January 28, 2005 - Skylight Music Theatre
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