October 20, 2007
Rosalinda
Composer:George Mattox
Jose Ramon Urb
Librettist:George MattoxPatsy Paul
Synopsis
Rosalinda is the story of a young dancer who falls in love with Barry, a British officer, just before the start of World War I. During the conflict Barry is killed and Rosalinda, left alone, drifts from job to job. After the war, she goes to Paris where she becomes a dancer in a cabaret. She has taken up with Philippe, her dancing partner; however, the relationship is not a happy one. One night, in a jealous rage after their night club act, Philippe stabs her outside the cafe. The last scene takes place at St. Lazare, a hospital for prostitutes, criminals, and destitute people. Mortally wounded, Rosalinda is not expected to last the night. In a dreamlike sequence, Barry appears to her, young and handsome as the day he left for war. In a weary voice she tells him that she waited and waited for him. "Every night I dreamt to forget the present, remembering only the past," as he comforts her, telling her that, as promised, he has returned to her. As he begins to fade from sight, Rosalinda reaches out to him one last time.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
01:40

Number of Acts
2

Musical Style
Romantic; very lyrical, melodic score

Vocal & Musical Forces
Singers: Rosalinda, soprano and dancer; Barry, tenor; Gabrielle, mezzo-soprano; Philippe, dancer; Stage Manager (speaking role); off-stage singer, soprano; 6 dancer/singers

Original Cast
Rebecca Minor as Rosalinda, Martin Shalita as Barry, Jennifer Perez as Gabrielle, Dale Kitchell as Philippe. Principal Dancers: Melissa Fernandez, Stephan Fons. Mia Vassilev, Ballet Rehearsal Pianist.


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