February 23, 1996
The Dragon
Composer:Albert Biales
Librettist:Albert Biales
Synopsis
The Dragonis an allegorical fantasy that mixes political satire with fairy-tale magic. Set in a community dominated by a tyrannical dragon, the opera pits the destructive despotism--symbolized by Stalin's regime--against human faith, hope, and redeeming love. The plot follows the adventures of Lancelot, a hero trying to save a maiden (Elsa) and her community from an evil dragon. Having surrendered to the dragon's evil, the corrupt mayor and his son Henry hinder his efforts, but the hero prevails with help from a singing cat and three mysterious men who give him magic weapons.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
02:10

Number of Acts
3

Musical Style
Contemporary, lyrical. Primarily tonal with some free tonality and dissonance

Vocal & Musical Forces
Singers: 7 principal roles (2 sopranos, 2 tenors, 2 baritones, bass-baritone); three secondary roles (2 tenors, 1 baritone). Orchestra: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, strings, piano, percussion, timpani

Original Cast
Alan Bryan (The Dragon)


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