November 26, 1973
Bertha
Composer:Ned Rorem
Librettist:Kenneth Koch
Synopsis
The work depicts the rise, fall, and eventual triumph of a mad queen who, while her kingdom is in ruins, attacks Scotland and her own nation (Norway), orders her teacher beheaded, dismisses her council, and abolishes young love before she dies—all the while supported by her loyal subjects.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
00:25

Musical Style
Masterful treatment of the vocal line and the text; tonal

Vocal & Musical Forces
Piano; Mezzo-soprano; assisting soloists: Soprano, Tenor, 3 Basses; SATB chorus

Original Cast
Beverly Wolff (Bertha)


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