Why I Live at the P.O.
Composer:Stephen Eddins
Librettist:Michael O'Brien
Synopsis
The opera is a comic portrait of an eccentric southern family set in the 1940s. Sister, the postmistress of China Grove, Mississippi, has the serenity of her life shattered when her sister, Stella-Rondo, comes home from her brief marriage to Sister's former beau, and re-ignites deep sibling rivalries. Through her lies and insinuations, Stella-Rondo turns Mama, Pappa-Daddy, and Uncle Rondo against Sister. In exasperation, Sister gathers her possessions and moves into the post office, where she can live in peace.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
01:10

Number of Acts
1

Musical Style
Eclectic, incorporating music styles of the early 1940s in rural Mississippi- big band, southern white gospel, etc.

Vocal & Musical Forces
Six principals, two children (non-singing), chamber orchestra

Original Cast
Tapestry workshop (August 2001): Tamara Hummel, Lyric Soprano as Sister 1/narrator; Zhu Ge Zeng, Lyric Soprano as Sister 2/actor; Janet Coates, High Soprano as Stella-Rondo; Ya-wen Wang, Non-Singing Role as Shirley-T; Rebecca Haas, Mezzo/Contralto as Mama; Sung Chung, Bass Baritone as Papa-Daddy;


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