Performance information

Creators

Music by Avner Finberg

Libretto by Edward Einhorn

Based on the short story “A Souvenir of Hell” from the book The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God by Etgar Keret

duration

45-55 minutes (see note)

movements

Three scenes

language

English

Roles

The Father, an old drunk – Bass Baritone

Phinneas, a young suave lover – Tenor

Anna, a young girl from the village – Soprano

instrumentation

Flute, clarinet in B, percussion*, piano, string quartet, double bass

*Percussion instruments: cymbals (2), woodblocks (2), toms, snare drum, bass drum, glockenspiel

Creator’s note

Original duration: 45 minutes

Additional modifications (optional): 10 minutes

performance history

Partially staged performance of the full opera: April 25, 2015, Manhattan School of Music
Scene 1 only:  September 2014, American Opera Project’s “Six Scenes”
                    May 2017, Fort Worth Opera’s “Frontiers Showcase”

 

honors

Finalist, The American Prize in Composition, Professional Division

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