Composer: Daron Hagen
Librettist: Paul Muldoon
Other Artistic Personnel: Robert DeSimone (stage director)
Michael Haithcock (conductor)
Original Cast: William Lewis (Miguel Morales)
Paul Kreider (James Kane)
Kerry French (Mona Morales)
Edward White, Jr. (Cassidy)
Diane Rae Schoff (Emily)
Daniel Terrazas (Jake)
UT-Opera Chorus
UT-Wind Symphony
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Premiere Date: February 25, 1999
Producing Company: University of Texas Opera Theater
Description: Bandanna is the story of a chief of police, Miguel Morales, and two officers who once served with him in Vietnam and who now serve with him in a small town on the Texas Mexican border. Jake, who is resentful of Cassidy’s advancement over him, is playing a dangerous double-role as policeman and guide to successive groups of illegal immigrant workers. With the encouragement of a morally bankrupt union organizer, Kane, Jake determines to convince Morales that his wife, Mona, is having an affair with Cassidy. In the end, groundless jealousy provokes Miguel to strangle his wife with her own bandanna, shoot his colleague and ultimately himself. The curtain falls on this desolate scene.
Character List (Major): Miguel Morales (t)
James Kane (dram bar)
Jake Lopez (lyr bar)
Mona Morales (s)
Cassidy (b-bar)
Emily (lyr mz)
Character List (Minor): Leader of the Illegals(dram bar); Two Mariachi Singers (male or female duo)
Bit Parts: Waiter (mute); Young Girl (mute)
Length: 02:00
Total Acts: 2
Chorus: 12-40 members
Orchestration: 2 fl (2 picc, afl), 2 ob (Eng hrn), 3 cl (bcl), bcl, 2 bsn, ssax, asax, tsax, barsax, 2 tpt (fglhrn), 2 hrn, euph (opt), 2 tbn, tba, 3 db, timp, perc, pf, hp; onstage mariachi band

An alternate orchestration is available (as of 4/2012) for 16 player chamber orchestra
Musical Style: The authors recast the story of the Venetian Moor Otello in a tiny US-Mexico border town during 1968 by combining elements of the original Venetian story, William Shakespeare's play, Giuseppe Verdi's great opera, and new, original characters and situ
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