April 22, 1939
The Old Maid and the Thief
Composer:Gian Carlo Menotti
Librettist:Gian Carlo Menotti
Miss Todd, a middle-aged spinster, lives alone with her young servant Laetitia. While she is entertaining her friend Miss Pinkerton, a handsome beggar comes to the door; Laetitia persuades Miss Todd to ask him to stay for the night. The following day Miss Todd meets Miss Pinkerton on the street and learns that a criminal has escaped from the local prison; his description fits that of Bob, her beggar guest. But she is already infatuated with him and determines to protect him from the police. Laetitia also loves Bob; together the two women rob a liquor store to give him spending money. Furious because Bob will not return her love, Miss Todd goes for the police, though she has discovered that he is not the escaped convict. While she is gone Laetitia persuades Bob that his only safety lies in marrying her and running away. Together they ransack Miss Todd's house and elope in her car.

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Opera In The RockThe Old Maid and the Thief8/23/2019 - 8/25/2019
Heartland Opera TheatreThe Old Maid and the Thief11/10/2017 - 11/12/2017
Hubbard Hall Opera TheaterThe Old Maid and the Thief8/13/2015 - 8/22/2015
Opera OrlandoThe Old Maid and the Thief12/8/2013 - 12/12/2013
Mississippi OperaThe Old Maid and the Thief11/7/2013 - 11/11/2013
Solo OperaThe Old Maid and the Thief8/27/2004 - 8/27/2004
University of North Carolina at GreensboroThe Old Maid and the Thief2/2/2001 - 2/4/2001
Pittsburgh Festival OperaThe Old Maid and the Thief12/9/2000 - 12/9/2000
Opera RoanokeThe Old Maid and the Thief1/1/2000 - 1/1/2000
Opera SaratogaThe Old Maid and the Thief8/7/1995 - 8/8/1995
Lyric Opera of ChicagoThe Old Maid and the Thief5/1/1993 - 5/27/1993
Fort Worth OperaThe Old Maid and the Thief4/1/1993 - 5/1/1993

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Miss Todd: Mary Hoppel
Bob: Robert Weede
Laetitia: Margaret Daum
Miss Pinkerton: Dorothy Sarnoff

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