Company:Chicago Opera Theater
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Director & Conductor
DirectorFrank Galati
Music DirectorPhilip Bauman


Design Team
Scenic Designer TBA
performance datesmatinee
Thursday, April 1, 1993
Saturday, April 10, 1993
Wednesday, April 14, 1993
Friday, April 16, 1993
Sunday, April 18, 1993
Wednesday, April 21, 1993
Saturday, April 24, 1993
Sunday, April 25, 1993
Four Saints in Three Acts
Composer: Virgil Thomson

Librettist: Gertrude Stein
Synopsis
A surrealist drama: The story is of religious life in 16th-century Spain, but is really a metaphor for the artistic life that [the creators] lived themselves. St. Teresa was based on Gertrude Stein and St. Ignatius on James Joyce.

Prologue: A choral introduction to the saints
Act I: On the steps of Avila Cathedral
Act II: A garden party in the country near Barcelona
Act III: A monastery garden on the coast near Barcelona
Act IV: The sisters and saints reassembled and reenacting why they went away to stay.

Imaginary but characteristic incidents from the lives of the saints constitute the work's action. Its principal characters are St. Teresa of Avila, Saint Ignatius Loyola, and their respective confidants, Saint Settlement and St. Chavez. Other characters include a Compere and Commere who speak to the audience and to each other about the progress of the opera. About her libretto, Gertrude Stein wrote, "A saint a real saint never does anything, a martyr does something but a really good saint does nothing and so I wanted to have Four Saints that did nothing and I wrote Four Saints in Three Acts and they did nothing and that was everything. Generally speaking anybody is more interesting doing nothing than doing anything."

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