Fernando


Chamber opera in one act and four scenes

A ruined man confronts a ghost.

Characters:
Fernando de Castellano, tenor
Marguerita, mezzo-soprano
Spectre, baritone
An old servant (mute rôle)

scored for voices and piano

Libretto by the composer after a play by Stephen Phillips (The Adversary, 1913)

Synopsis: Fernando, a middle aged, impoverished scion of an ancient house in Toledo struggles with his state of being. His wife, Marguerita, tries to console him and asks him who might be responsible for his fall from power and wealth. Fernando doesn’t doesn’t claim to remember anyone who might harbor ill against him. In the shadowy halls of the dimly lit castle Fernando encounters a cloaked figure who is unknown to him. He becomes terrified, all the more so as the Figure refuses to identify himself or declare his purpose. After Marguerita leaves him and additional tragedy falls on the house-hold, Fernando begins to lose his mind.

Performance duration: circa 18″

This score is now available through Firehead Opera.