The House of the Seven Gables
Composer: Scott Eyerly
Librettist: Scott Eyerly
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Premiere Date: June 01, 1999
Producing Company: Center for Contemporary Opera
Description: In the gloomy, haunted House of Seven Gables, Hepzibah Pyncheon cares for her brother, Clifford. Once brilliant, Clifford is now feeble, having languished in prison 30 years for committing murder. But is he guilty? Was he framed by his cousin Jaffrey, today an eminent judge? As Clifford regains strength, aided by his young cousin Phoebe, and a mysterious boarder, Holgrave, he prepares for the final confrontation with Jaffrey.

Threatening all is the curse, 'GOD WILL GIVE YOU BLOOD TO DRINK!' Centuries before, the Pyncheons' house was built on stolen ground. Ever since, the family history has been riddled with unexplained deaths, foreshadowed when the harpsichord plays by itself. Now the final chapter of that history is written.
Character List (Major): Hepzibah Pyncheon, owner of the house (mz) Clifford Pyncheon, her brother (t) Jaffrey Pyncheon, cousin to Hepzibah and Clifford (bar) Phoebe Pyncheon, young cousin to all the above (s) Holgrave, a boarder in the house (b)
Length: Length is not available.
Total Acts: 3
Chorus: Ensemble of 16 or more, whose members serve as chorus and also take small roles.
Orchestration: 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bsn - 2 hrn, 2 tpt, 2 tbn, 1 tba - Timpani, Percussion (1 player), Harp - Strings.
Contact: Jay K. Hoffman & Associates
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Schedule of Performances Listings
The House of the Seven Gables (Eyerly)
Wednesday, December 6, 2000 - Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater
The House of the Seven Gables (Eyerly)
Tuesday, June 1, 1999 - Center for Contemporary Opera
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