Watching

Victoiran Ghost

Scene for baritone and soprano
composed for the Composer/Librettist Studio at New Dramatists, NYC

Libretto by Lucy Thurber

circa 10″ in duration

Premise
A man of good character has a skeleton in his closet

Synopsis
Tom, an upstanding citizen in his community, tells of his virtue and his well earned success. Clara, now a ghost, her death at the hands of Tom, seeks him out and haunts him. As she describes her violent death, Tom attempts to ignore her reasserting his worth and celebrating his wealth.

Singing roles
Tom:  baritone
Clara:  soprano

Score details
voice and piano

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To see the premiere performance by the Hartford Opera Theatre, checkout the Youtube link on the right-hand sidebar!

Notes from the composer about the Composer/Librettist Studio at New Dramatists

The New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio, presented in cooperation with Nautilus Music Theater, is designed to provide an opportunity for five writers and five composers to work with professional performers, exploring the possibilities and basic elements of music-theater. The studio focuses on the process of collaboration through a series of brief exploratory assignments for the writers and composers. The exercises
are then sight-read by the performers in brief working sessions. The participants rotate partners, and the process is repeated four more times.

Within the two-week period, all composers work with all writers and all performers. Toward the end of the studio, an informal reading of all the compositions is held. The studio is co-directed by Ben Krywosz (Artistic Director of Nautilus Music-Theater) and music director Roger Ames.

The studio is not intended as a developmental session for existing pieces, but concentrates more on the collaborative process, nurturing relationships and suggesting ways that writers, composers, and performers can work together. The collaborative atmosphere of the studio is relatively free from the performance pressures usually associated with the commercial musical theater or opera field.

New Dramatists has sponsored the studio annually since 1984. Over the years, Krywosz has conducted other studios around the country in such cities as Minneapolis/St. Paul, San Francisco, Washington, Chicago, Portland, Los Angeles, and Miami. All the studios have nurtured collaborative teams that have gone on to develop and produce new work.