Down in the Valley
Composer: Kurt Weill
Librettist: Arnold Sundgaard
Other Artistic Personnel: Hans Busch (Director)
Ernst Hoffmann (Conductor)
Original Cast: Marion Bell (Jennie)
James Welch (Brack)
Premiere Date: July 15, 1948
Producing Company: Indiana University
Description: Brack Weaver is in prison awaiting his execution the next morning for killing his rival, Thomas Bouché. When the evening train does not bring a letter from his beloved Jennie, he breaks out of prison and rushes to find her. At Jennie's home, she assures Brack of her undying love for him but tells him that her father has forbidden her to have any contact with him. A flashback reveals the moment when Jennie and Brack met for the first time at a prayer meeting. As he walks her home, Brack asks Jennie to accompany him to the square dance that weekend. Jennie happily agrees. When she arrives home, her father's business associate, Thomas Bouché, also invites her to the square dance. Jennie refuses the offer. Her father tells her that she may not attend with anyone else. Jennie, disobeying her father, goes to the dance with Brack, where Bouché appears with a knife in his hand. A fight ensues and Brack eventually kills Bouché. Brack is arrested.
Character List (Major): Brack Weaver(t or high bar)
Jennie Parsons(lyr s)
Thomas Bouche(b)
Character List (Minor): The Leader(bar)
The Preacher(bar)
Jennie's Father(speaking)
Bit Parts: Two Men(speaking)
Two Women(speaking)
Reviews: The New Yorker, Andrew Porter, 4-30-84; The New York Times, John Rockwell, 4-16-84; The New York Times, Robert Sherman, 3-9-71
Length: 00:45
Total Acts: 1
Chorus: SSAATTBB Chorus
Orchestration: 1 fl[+], 1 ob, 2 cl, 2 sx, [1 bsn] - [2 hrn], 2 tpt, 2 tbn - perc - pf - gtr - str(no vla); Alt: 2 pf
Ballet/Dance: Ballet
Musical Style: Based on Anglo-Appalachian ballads
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Down in the Valley (Weill)
Saturday, September 16, 1995 - Lyric Opera of Kansas City
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