Roman Fever melds music with drama in a manner reminiscent of the finest verismo operas, sports an extraordinary quartet for four female voices that must surely rank among Ward's most moving moments...
Musically, this opera is beautiful beyond description. The rich flow of melody - following the text with hardly a break - is a delight to the ear and soul. Ward has a lyrical gift not often encountered in this day of crassness. And a sense of humor too. The writing for the small chamber orchestra is beyond belief, catching as it does the tender lyricism so evoked by the story. And the scoring makes for both vocal and instrumental richness and sonority. When the girls tell of their rendezvous with the Italian men, the music becomes jazzy and accompanies them in a typical 1920's dance. Early in the opera, Ward provides a magnificent duet... and a long solioquy... but the musical highlight comes just as the girls are leaving to meet their dates. Beginning with a solo entrance by Barbara, the music grows in turn, each woman's voice enters until it blossoms into a superbly scored quartet, whose ending leaves one breathless...
|Available Editions||Piano/Vocal Score, VP0008Libretto, VP0014Full Score, VP0008FSDVD Video Recording, DVD701Full score and parts available for rental.|
|Text Author||Brunyate, Roger; Wharton, Edith|
|Voicing & Instruments||DVD|
|Publisher||E. C. Schirmer Music Company|