The House of Bernarda Alba
Composer: Karen Griebling
Librettist: Karen Griebling
Other Artistic Personnel: James Lujan and Richard O'Connell, translators
Original Cast: Bernarda Alba, alto; La Poncia, housekeeper; Adela, Angustias, Magdalena, Martina, Amelia, daughters; Servant; Prudencia, neighbor; Beggar; Maria Josefa, grandmother
Premiere Date: Not available.
Description: Widow Bernarda Alba imposes an eight year mourning observance on her five adult (single) daughters. Servant and Housekeeper warn Bernarda to show compassion and relax the tyrannic control over her daughters. Tragedy unfolds as the oldest daughter (heiress) is betrothed to the youngest daughter's beau. Jealousy and intrigue lead to suicide, as predicted by the senile grandmother.
Length: 02:30
Total Acts: 3
Chorus: Women's Chorus, Men's Chorus
Orchestration: 55 players
Musical Style: Tonal/expressionist; Berg, Bartók, and Britten influences; some folklore and chant sources; Grand opera
Contact: Karen Griebling, Hendrix College Music Department
E-mail Address: griebling@hendrix.edu
Phone: 501-450-1249
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