Opera in 2 Acts for mixed voices (2 (1.2/Pic) 1(EH) 2(1.2/BCl) 1 - 2 2 2 0 - T - P(2) - H - Pf - Str)
Composed by Henry Mollicone (1946-). Full Length Opera. 21st Century. Piano/vocal score. E.C. Schirmer Publishing #6165. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.6165).
Item Number: EC.6165
ISBN 600313461651. Text: William Luce.
Written by William Luce
Opera in 2 Acts. The opera tells the story of a remarkable woman who was an ex-slave, and who spent most of her life in bondage in frontier Kentucky. During these years she had lost contact with her husband and children when they were sold to different owners. She obtained her freedom after the death of her owner in 1857, and traveled west in search of her missing family.Clara arrived in Central City, Colorado, around 1860, already some 60 years old. She opened her own laundry business and with hard work and successful investments, Clara became wealthy, owning scores of properties and mining claims throughout Central City, Georgetown, and Denver. She used her money to help dozens of beleaguered freedmen come to Colorado to start new lives. Surviving fires, flood and frauds, Clara continued her good works throughout the 1870s, however, she searched in vain for her long-lost family.
In her later years, in poor health and impoverished from a lifetime of unfailing generosity, Clara moves to Denver and has to depend upon her many friends and admirers to provide for her. In a truly operatic denouement, the faith that sustained her through her entire life is finally rewarded by a miraculous reunion with her daughter, Eliza Jane.Information sourced from an article by Roger Baker who is the author of Clara: An Ex-Slave in Gold Rush Colorado, recently published by Black Hawk Publishing.
|COL. JOHN CHIVINGTON||Tenor|
|WIVES 1, 2, 3/QUILTERS 1, 2, 3||2 Sopranos, 1 Mezzo-Soprano|
|JANE GORDON/WIFE 3/QUILTER 3||Mezzo-Soprano|
|MINERS 1, 4||Tenor, Baritone|
|9 NON-SINGING ROLES|