The Scarlet Ibis
Composer: Stefan Weisman
Librettist: David Cote
Original Cast:

Hai-Ting Chinn, mezzo-soprano

Eric Brenner, countertenor

Abigail Fischer, mezzo-soprano

Nicole Mitchell,  alto

Keith Phares, baritone

Premiere Date: January 08, 2015
Description: Dark, intense and equally joyous and sorrowful, The Scarlet Ibis tells the story of a remarkable disabled boy, nicknamed Doodle by his older brother, who pushes him to be “normal.” Set in rural North Carolina from 1912-18, the story contrasts notions of physical wholeness versus mystical otherness. The episodic libretto transports us to various locations: a house, a barn loft, a field and swamp. Doodle and his tough-minded brother's lives become intertwined with that of an exotic tropical bird which has flown far off course. The opera unfolds in thirteen expressionistic scenes, moving from Doodle’s traumatic birth to a tragic ending. Based on the widely anthologized 1960 short story by James Hurst, the narrative draws on elements of Southern Gothic, boy’s adventure, and family tragedy. The original production premiered in the PROTOTYPE Festival, and was promoted as suitable for audiences of 12 and older.
Character List (Major): Brother: Mezzo-Soprano
Doodle: Countertenor
Mother: Mezzo-Soprano
Auntie: Contralto
Father: Baritone
Length: 01:40
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration:

Oboe, B-flat Clarinet (doubling Bass Clarinet), Bassoon, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, Contrabass, Percussion

Contact: Bill Holab Music
E-mail Address: bill@holabmusic.com
Composer Web Site: http://stefanweisman.com
Librettist Web Site: http://davidcote.com
Publisher Web Site: http://www.billholabmusic.com/
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