November 4, 1965
Miss Julie
Composer:Ned Rorem
Librettist:Kenward Elmslie
Synopsis
The opera takes place on a country estate in Sweden during a Midsummer Eve celebration in the 1880s. Miss Julie is the jaded daughter of a count and is engaged to Neils. She treats him very badly, and he breaks off their engagement in disgust. She then seduces her father's valet, John, in front of his fiancée, Christine, and steals from the count to finance John's plan of escaping to Lake Como. In desperation, she takes John's suggestion and slashes her wrists with his razor.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
01:30

Musical Style
Heavily influenced by the French school, Rorem is considered a master of prosody and lyricism; tonal, lyrical arias, choral ensembles

Vocal & Musical Forces
Two flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 3 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, timpani, 2 percussion (extensive), guitar, harp, strings; 2 sopranos, soprano (or boy soprano), mezzo-soprano, 2 tenors, bass-baritone

Original Cast
Marguerite Willauer (Miss Julie)
Donald Gramm (John)
Elaine Bonazzi (Christine)
Richard Krause (Niels)
Betsy Hepburn (Wildcat Boy)
Don Yule (Stableboy)
Nico Castel and Joan Summers (Young Couple)


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