Ardea Arts - Opera Out Of Bounds
Animal Tales, a musical fable
Composer:Kitty Brazelton
Librettist:George Plimpton
Synopsis
Animal Tales is a musical fable told in song and dance. There are eight characters: a veterinarian and seven animals who are in his charge…a hamster, a goldfish, a parrot, a turtle, a horse, a dog, and a frog; as well as a children’s chorus. In the first act each of the animals in turn comes to the veterinarian with a complaint, a desire to change their lives markedly. The hamster is tired of running in place in his wheel and wants to try the outside world; the goldfish, too, wants to ‘swim in the Sea of Japan’; the dog wants to learn how to howl like a wolf; the frog is having trouble with his hopping, and so on. In each case the animals are granted their wish as the ensemble and chorus wishes them well as they go off.

A large storm ends the first act and starts the second. When it dies away, the animals return one by one, buffeted by the storm, and they tell the veterinarian what they've been through, their adventures supplemented with dancing, exclamations and so forth from the chorus. The last animal to come back is the horse (who left wanting to ride something rather than be ridden) who has found a job in the circus riding on the back of an elephant...which allows for a rip-roaring circus-like finale with all the animals in a kind of pyramid.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
01:50

Number of Acts
2

Musical Style
Vernacular American musical styles within a classical structure; tonal, singable, fun

Vocal & Musical Forces
8 principals, children's chorus, chamber orchestra with scored DJ and Latin percussion


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