Something New for the Zoo
Opera buffa in one act, op. 30
libretto by Dudley Huppler and Mark ShulgasserLanguage: English
A one-act opera buffa for four singers, Something New for the Zoo is a lesser-known gem in Hoiby’s oeuvre. The libretto, crafted by Dudley Huppler and Mark Shulgasser, teems with quick wit, light-hearted rhyming, and a thoroughly self-conscious incorporation of the buffa tradition of class struggle—all qualities matched by the playful score. The opera recounts the story of a woman in postwar Vienna who turns occupying Soviet soldiers into zoo animals. Employing such a fanciful plot, Hoiby must have delighted in dating the completion of his score ‘Halloween, 1979’.
Orchestra instrumentation: 1(pic).1.1.1-18.104.22.168-timp.1perc(tri, cym, s.d)-pno-str(solo or augmented)
Cast of characters: Erma Leintraub, a diva · soprano - Bettina, her maid · mezzo-soprano - Heinrich, her manservant · tenor - General Vorchielieff, a Russian · baritone
Publisher: Rock Valley Music Corporation (administered by Schott Music Corporation, New York)
Duration: 50' 0''
Year of composition: 1979
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Delivery rights: worldwide
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