NIGHTINGALE, THE

Composer: 
Ramon Zupko
Instrumentation freestyle: 
Alto, Bar, Bs-Bar, cello, clarinet, flute, percussion, piano, piccolo, soprano, tenor, trombone, trumpet, violin
Year Authored: 
1995-1997
Duration (min): 
67:
Text Source/Author: 
Libretto by the composer, adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's "The Nightingale".
First Performance: 
April 2, 1998 (1st of 9 Performances. Shaw Theatre, Western Michigan University.
Publisher: 
ACA

A multi-media chamber opera, employing both real and virtual sets, large-screen digital projections, recorded electronic music tracks, 8 principals, 8 dancers, a small chorus,(serving in several capacities,) 2 narrators.(recorded) and a chamber ensemble. There are 13 scenes within the 1 act, with 39 seperate "pieces". Creation of new projection visuals as well as sets and costumes would be part of mounting a new production of the work. The narrator parts provide the clues for the visuals and the sets. All other performance materials are available. The work can be performed by college opera-theatre groups. The most difficult parts are the role of the nightingale, and the piano part.

Comments: 

Commissioned by the College of Fine Arts of Western Michigan University, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.