Libretto by the composer, adapted from the play by William Saroyan (E)
Major roles: S,Bar; minor roles: T,2speakers,mime
pft(=harm)-strings(18.104.22.168.1 or larger forces)
Boosey & Hawkes
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes
for the world.
Columbia University, New York, NY
Felix Brentano, director
Conductor: William Rhodes
Company: Columbia University Opera Workshop
|THE YOUNG MAN, a gambler down on his luck
Time and Place
Now, a small town jail in Texas
A vagrant young man, imprisoned in a Matador, Texas jail for raping another man’s wife, strikes up a conversation with the jail’s cook, a local girl in her teens, and attracts her strongly. Afraid that he will be attacked in the deserted jail by the offended husband, the young man sends the girl home to get her father’s gun. While she is away the husband and a group of his friends appear. The young man reveals that the wife is a loose woman, and the incredulous husband shoots him. The girl returns as the angry mob carries off the young man’s body.
Dramatic, Romantic, Tragic