The Boor
Composer: Dominick Argento
Librettist: John Olon-Scrymgeour
Other Artistic Personnel: Leonard Treash (Director)
Frederick Fennell (Conductor)
Original Cast: Barbara Altman (Widow)
William Duvall (Boor)
Premiere Date: May 06, 1957
Producing Company: Eastman School Opera Theatre
Description: The Widow has spent a year mourning the passing of her husband. Now a neighbor, the Boor, comes to her demanding payment of an old debt left by her departed husband. The Widow refuses to pay the debt and the Boor refuses to leave until she does. Their argument becomes more and more heated until finally the Widow challenges the Boor to a duel, bringing out her late husband's pistols. This show of spirit on the part of the Widow impresses the Boor greatly. He swears his newfound love to the Widow, asking for her hand in marriage. The Widow continues to threaten to shoot the Boor but begins to weaken at his show of devotion, and with one last threat she kisses him.
Character List (Major): The Widow(s)
The Boor(b-bar)
The Servant(t)
Reviews: Opera News, William D. West, 12-7-85; The New Yorker, Andrew Porter, 9-2-85; The New York Times, John Rockwell, 8-22-85; The New York Times, Bernard Holland, 11-6-83; Opera News, Mary Ellis Peltz, 11-11-57
Length: 00:55
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: 1 fl(picc), 1 ob(Eng Hrn), 2 cl(bcl), 1 bsn - 2 hrn, 1 tpt - timp, perc(xyl, tgl, glsp, SD, BD, susp cyms, tamb) - pf, str
Musical Style: Tonal; melodic lines and uneven meters; influences of Mussorgsky and Puccini
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The Boor (Argento)
Thursday, March 25, 1993 - University of Michigan University Productions
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