August 5, 1957 | Tanglewood Music Center
Tale for a Deaf Ear
Composer:Mark Bucci
Librettist:Mark Bucci
Synopsis
After an acrimonious dispute between the suburban couple, Laura and Tracy Gates, in which many old wounds are reopened, Tracy dies of a heart attack. Laura penitently wishes him back. Her fervent plea is made at exactly 3:59 and three quarters on a winter Sunday afternoon; at that same moment, Hypraemius, a mariner, had died centuries ago. So good was he that four miracles were allowed him, one each season. When a penitent plead for the return of a dear one at this exact moment, the wish was granted. This had already happened three times: in springtime, a son was returned to a noblewoman in Tuscany; in summer the plea of a Scottish girl in the Isle of Skye brought a much-needed cow back to life; and in an autumn during the Thirty Years' War, a soldier gave life to his young brother before dying himself. True to the pattern, Tracy is restored. But he is as cantankerous as ever, and in spite of Laura's efforts, they are soon quarreling bitterly again. Once more, Tracy dies. This time it is too late. The chorus comments: "The only death in life is the death of love."

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Center for Contemporary OperaTale for a Deaf Ear5/30/1997 - 6/1/1997


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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
00:45

Number of Acts
1

Original Cast
Jean Kraft (Laura Gates)
John Hornor (Tracy Gates)
Donna Jeffrey (The Woman)
Elaine Quint (The Girl)
John King (The Soldier)
Edward Purrington (The Doctor)


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