A Christmas Carol
Composer: Thea Musgrave
Librettist: Thea Musgrave
Other Artistic Personnel: Peter Mark, Conductor; Favid Farrar, Director; Miguel Romero, Set Designer; Alex Reid, Costumer
Original Cast: Frederick Burchinal (Ebenezer Scrooge); Bob Besserer (Spirit of Christmas); Claudette Peterson (Caroller/Fan/Liza Fezziwig/Belinda Cratchit/Starving woman/Lucy); Kathryn Montgomery (Belle Fezziwig/Martha Cratchit/Laundress/Rosie); Carolyne James (Caroller/Mrs. Fezziwig/Mrs. Cratchit/Charwoman/Aunt Louise); Jerold Norman (Bob Cratchit/Mr. Dorrit/Man) with Snuff Box, Howard Bender as Fred/Ben/Man with Red Face, Robert Randolph as Portly Gentleman/Mr. Fezziwig/Fat Man/Topper, Howard Scammon as Marley’s Ghost/Mr. Gabriel Grubb/Joe/Great-Aunt Ermintrude, James Barlett as Tiny Tim, Mark Evans as Boy Scrooge/Waif, Penelope Mihalap as Paper Boy/Dick/An Orphan, Mary Seddon Brinkley as Caroller/Harriet Cratchit, Timothy Shaffer as Caroller/Peter Cratchit/Bertie, Mary Katherine Perry as Mollie Fezziwig/Waif/Vickie
Premiere Date: December 07, 1979
Producing Company: Virginia Opera Association
Description: Ebenezer Scrooge is an old and selfish man who derides the whole idea of Christmas. He is visited by the ghost of his deceased partner, Jacob Marley, who warns him that he has been granted one last chance to change his miserly and selfish life and recover from his past errors. The Spirit of Christmas will appear to him in three forms - the Past, the Present and the Future. It shows Scrooge events from his past and the miserable life of his employee Cratchit, whose son dies in poverty. Scrooge is also forced to confront his very own gravestone. Moved by what the Spirit has shown to him, Scrooge swears he will now honour the spirit of Christmas throughout the year. When dawn comes, he wakens euphorically and joins his nephew and family to celebrate.
Character List (Major): Ebenezer Scrooge(bar), Spirit of Christmas(dancer), Fan & Starving Woman(s), Belle Fezziwigg & Laundress(s), Mrs. Cratchit & Charwoman(mz), Bob Cratchit & Mann with Sniff Box(t), Fred & Man with red face(bar), Portly Gentleman & Fat Man (b), Marley's Ghost & Joe(spoken), Paper Boy(boy), Mollie Fezziwig(girl), Tiny Tim(boy)
Reviews: New York Magazine, Alan Rich; The Village Voice, Leighton Kerner; The New Yorker, Andrew Porter; The Observer, Peter Hayworth; The Guardian, Edward Greenfield
Length: 01:50
Total Acts: 2
Chorus: Children's Chorus
Orchestration: 1 fl(picc), 1 ob(Eng Hrn),2 cl(bcl), 1 bsn - 1 hrn - 2 perc, hp, pf - str (2 vln, vla, vc, db)
Ballet/Dance: 1 Dancer
Contact: Novello & Co Ltd.
Address: Music Sales Ltd. Newmarket Road Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3YB
E-mail Address: hire@musicsales.co.uk
Composer Web Site: http://www.theamusgrave.com
Publisher Web Site: http://www.chesternovello.com
Schedule of Performances Listings
A Christmas Carol (Musgrave)
Friday, December 5, 2014 - Houston Grand Opera
A Christmas Carol (Musgrave)
Friday, November 8, 2002 - Virginia Opera
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