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Photo: Courtesy Center for Contemporary Opera
Center for Contemporary Opera, World Premiere, 1999

Beeson, Jack

Sorry, Wrong Number (1996)

Duration: 40 minutes
A conversational chamber opera in one act

adapted by the composer from the play by Lucille Fletcher

Scoring
major roles: S,lyrS,M,A,Bar,lyrBar,B; minor roles: Bar,B 1(=afl).1(=corA).2(I=Ebcl,II=bcl).1-1.1.0.0-timp.perc(1):BD/lg tom-t/ sm tom-t/tgl/wdbl/susp.cym/bell/crot-3vln.2vla.vlc.db.
Abbreviations (PDF).


Territory
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.



World Premiere
5/25/1999
Sylvia & Danny Kaye Playhouse, New York, New York
Charles Meryon, director
Conductor: Richard Marshall
Company: Center for Contemporary Opera

Roles

MRS. GUGLIELMO STEVENSONSoprano (Spinto)
FIRST TELEPHONE OPERATORContralto
GEORGE, a contract killerBass
CAPO, George's bossBaritone
TELEPHONE SUPERVISORMezzo-Soprano
Young Man, from the delicatessenBaritone
Sergeant DuffyLyric Baritone
Second Telephone OperatorLyric Soprano
Western UnionBass


Time and Place
1940s, a living room in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan


Synopsis
Mrs. Stevenson, an invalid confined to a wheelchair, tries to call her husband on the telephone. Accidentally, the wires cross allowing her to overhear a Capo and George, a contract killer, plotting a murder for 11:15 that night, to coincide with a train passing across a bridge. After trying futilely to get an operator to trace the call, she contacts the police department. Sergeant Duffy tells her he will take care of it. She realizes that he will do nothing and becomes very anxious. She is startled when her phone rings: it is a Western Union message from her husband. He is on his way to Boston for business and will be back the following day. While speaking with the operator she hears a clicking noise on the phone line. Certain there is someone downstairs on the other line, she asks for the police department. Terrified, she thrashes about and knocks a lamp over, plunging the room into darkness. Her door opens and a figure moves toward her. It is 11:15 and the noise of the train crossing the bridge mixes with her screams. Sergeant Duffy calls. George picks up the phone and says, “Sorry, wrong number.”


Moods
Dramatic, Tragic


Subjects
Society





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