March 13, 2005
George Sand…and Chopin?
Composer:Persis Parshall Vehar
Librettist:Gabrielle Vehar
Synopsis
The opera is based on the letters of the 18th-century French novelist Aurore Dupin who wrote under the pseudonym George Sand. The diverse nature of relationships is explored through Sand's intimate association with Frederic Chopin. The traditional male role is userped by Sand's strong character and take-charge attitude. As each character is developed, Sand's practicality and Chopin's social, aesthetic sense are show. Chopin's intense jealousy and Sand's maternal involvement with her children are also revealed. The two personalities resolve the sexual conflict in the final duet. The opera ends with "No use asking if life will bring you pleasure. Who could answer these questions? And if they do, what lies! Now you live, now you breathe. Now," as they waltz together to a Chopinesque waltz that begins, reappears, and ends the opera to unify the form.

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Musical Style
Accessible, tonal.

Vocal & Musical Forces
Mezzo-soprano, Tenor, piano.

Original Cast
Sharon Mabry (mezzo-soprano) as George Sand, Thomas King (tenor) as Chopin


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