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Roman Fever (Piano/Vocal Score)

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Roman Fever (Piano/Vocal Score)

Product Number: VP0008

Composer: Ward, Robert



Written by Roger Brunyate based on the story by Edith Wharton

Audiences gave standing ovations and critics acclaimed the premiere performance of Roman Fever, a new one-act opera based on Edith Wharton's story.The story is set in 1927 in a terrace restaurant overlooking the Roman Forum where two widows and their daughters have met by chance. In the course of the opera, the full story of their meeting in the same place twenty years earlier is revealed. During the creation of the opera, the librettist and composer were particularly mindful of the repertory needs of conservatory and university opera groups. Duration: ~ 1 Hour

JENNY SLADE, her daughterLyric Soprano
BARBARA ANSLEY, her daughter Mezzo-Soprano

Available Recordings:
CD Recording available from Albany Records, Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater, David Gilbert, conductor, Cat. No. TROY505


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...
-John Lambert, THE SPECTATOR

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...
-Alwin Tonkonogy, DURHAM HERALD-SUN

Additional Information

Product Number VP0008
Available Editions Piano/Vocal Score, VP0008
Libretto, VP0014
Full Score, VP0008FS
DVD Video Recording, DVD701
Full score and parts available for rental.
Available Separately:
Bells, bell , file_6000-20E
Composer/Arranger Ward, Robert
Text Author Brunyate, Roger; Wharton, Edith
Voicing & Instruments Opera in One Act
Historical Period 20th Century
Premier June 1993, Triangle Opera Theater, Duke University
Notable & Recent Performances University of Michigan
Manhattan School of Music
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
DePauw University, 2004
Knoxville Opera Studio, 2005
University of Arkansas, 2006
San Jose State University, 2007
Hunter College, 2009
Eastman School of Music, 2010
University of Houston, 2016
Opera on Tap, Chicago, 2016
Peabody Institute, 2017
Carnegie Mellon University, 2017
Popular Opera Searches Bestseller, One Act/Chamber Opera
Publisher E. C. Schirmer Music Company

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