April 14, 1942 | Harvard University - Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library
Solomon and Balkis
Composer:Randall Thompson
Librettist:Randall Thompson
Synopsis
Solomon and his favorite wife, Balkis, are walking in his palace garden discussing the worry his other wives are causing him with their constant bickering and bad behavior. Balkis urges Solomon to use his magic to demonstrate his power to them but he refuses to show off.

Solomon walks on alone and witnesses a butterfly arguing with his wife. The butterfly attempts to impress her by saying that his powers are so great that if he were to stomp his foot the entire palace and gardens would disappear. Balkis, who overhears the dispute, persuades Solomon to use his powers to make it seem as if the butterfly were able to vanish the palace with a stomp of his foot. He does so and the joke settles the butterflies' dispute.

Solomon is so delighted that he does not notice the arrival the other queens. Balkis explains the lesson of obedience to the wives and they realize they have caused Solomon great distress. Solomon is amazed at the wisdom of his wife for allowing him to use his magic as a joke and not out of pride.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
0:55

Original Cast
M. Willoughby Todd (Balkis)
Robert Soule (Solomon)
Philip Stolar (Butterfly)
Marjorie Rice (Butterfly's Wife)
Audrey Y. Dennison (Egyptian Queen)


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