Photo: Stanford University
Performed by Stanford University Department of Drama
A Game of Chance (1956)Duration: 35 minutes
Comic opera in one act
Libretto by Evelyn Manacher Draper after Ryerson/Clements' 'All on a Summer's Day' (E)
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Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois
Company: Augustana College Opera Workshop
|FIRST KNITTER||Lyric Soprano|
|THE REPRESENTATIVE||Bass Baritone|
Time and Place
Any time period, a garden with a bench
Set in a garden with a bench, a Representative, the eternal messenger of fate, brings to each of three young women her dearest wish: One would like to be wealthy; one would like to be famous; and one would like to have a lover in her life. Each discovers she has not asked for enough: the rich woman misses real friends; the famous author yearns for love; and the third young woman finds marriage a tedious chore. Even the Representative is dissatisfied with his life: He needs an assistant to help him with his tough job. The moral of this comic opera: We all want too much or too little.