February 25, 1999
Bandanna
Composer:Daron Aric Hagen
Librettist:Paul Muldoon
Synopsis
Bandanna is the story of a chief of police, Miguel Morales, and two officers who once served with him in Vietnam and who now serve with him in a small town on the Texas Mexican border. Jake, who is resentful of Cassidy’s advancement over him, is playing a dangerous double-role as policeman and guide to successive groups of illegal immigrant workers. With the encouragement of a morally bankrupt union organizer, Kane, Jake determines to convince Morales that his wife, Mona, is having an affair with Cassidy. In the end, groundless jealousy provokes Miguel to strangle his wife with her own bandanna, shoot his colleague and ultimately himself. The curtain falls on this desolate scene.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
02:00

Number of Acts
2

Musical Style
The authors recast the story of the Venetian Moor Otello in a tiny US-Mexico border town during 1968 by combining elements of the original Venetian story, William Shakespeare's play, Giuseppe Verdi's great opera, and new, original characters and situ

Vocal & Musical Forces
Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, Tenor, 3 Baritones, Bass-baritone; mixed chorus of 24-40; 2 mute roles; Two flutes (2 piccolos and alto flute), 2 oboes (English horn), 3 clarinets (bass clarinet), bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, 2 trumpets (flugelhorn), 2 French horns, euphonium (optional), 2 trombones, tuba, 3 string basses, timpani, percussion, piano, harp; mariachi band

Original Cast
William Lewis (Miguel Morales)
Paul Kreider (James Kane)
Kerry French (Mona Morales)
Edward White, Jr. (Cassidy)
Diane Rae Schoff (Emily)
Daniel Terrazas (Jake)
UT-Opera Chorus
UT-Wind Symphony


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