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Photo: Carol Rosegg
New York City Opera, November, 1998

Floyd, Carlisle

Of Mice and Men (1969)

Duration: 120 minutes
Opera in three acts, six scenes

Libretto by the composer, based on the novel by John Steinbeck (E)

Scoring
S,4T,2Bar; male chorus 2(II=picc).2(II=corA).2(II=corA).2(II=bcl).2-4.2.2.1-timp.perc(3):vib/glsp/xyl/tgl/tamb/gong/SD/BD/TD/susp.cym/crash cym/whip-harp-cel-strings Reduced orchestration by Jim Medvitz: 1(=picc).1(=corA).1(=bcl).1-2.1.1.1-timp.perc(2):vib/glsp/xyl/tgl/tamb/gong/SD/BD/TD/susp.cym/crash cym/whip-cel-harp-strings .
Abbreviations (PDF).


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



World Premiere
1/22/1970
Moore Theater, Seattle, Washington
Frank Corsaro, director
Conductor: Anton Coppola
Company: Seattle Opera

Roles

LENNIE SMALLTenor
GEORGE MILTONBaritone
CURLEYTenor
CANDYBass
CURLEY'S WIFESoprano
SLIMBaritone
CARLSONTenor
Ballad SingerTenor
Ranch Hands (at least 8)Male Chorus


Time and Place
1930s, an agricultural valley in northern California


Synopsis
Of Mice and Men is based on John Steinbeck’s tragic tale of two migrant ranch workers in pursuit of a simple dream: to own a small house and farm of their own.

George and his traveling companion Lennie, who has the physique and strength of a giant, a child’s mind, and a love for soft things he can stroke and pet, have constant problems with their employers, as Lennie unknowingly creates difficulties for George and himself.  George is frequently exasperated, but forgives Lennie and is sustained by their dream.

Hired by contentious ranch-owner Curley, who is frequently at jealous odds with his wife, George and Lennie are joined in their plans for a home by the old ranch hand Candy, whose savings bring them near their goal.  Suddenly, however, they lose all prospects: Curley’s wife invites Lennie to stroke her soft hair, but when he does not stop she begins to scream in terror.  Fearing he will get into trouble again, Lennie tries to stifle her screams and unwittingly kills her.  George, while placating Lennie with thoughts of their long-held dreams, shoots his friend to save him from a brutal lynching.


Moods
Dramatic, Tragic


Subjects
Relationships, Society, Literary






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