October 24, 1970
Red Carnations
Composer:Robert Baksa
Librettist:Robert Baksa
Synopsis
Two young people meet at a costume party where they are both disguised as Arabians. They meet later in a city park with the young man sporting his red carnation. To his dismay another man, somewhat older, is already present at the meeting place also claiming to have come to meet a young woman who was dressed as the Queen of Sheba at the costume party. When the young girl shows up she seems unable to resolve the conflict between the two. When the young man finally gives up in frustration, she blurts out that the older man is her father who came as chaperone. The conflict ends happily.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
00:35

Number of Acts
1

Musical Style
Tonal; lyrical: each character has an aria and shares a duet with another character. The three also join in a trio. There is little spoken dialogue as through-composed sections separate the set pieces.

Vocal & Musical Forces
Soprano, tenor and baritone

Original Cast
Betsey Hepburn (soprano), Michael Best (tenor) and Walter Hook (baritone)


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