Schott Music

Skip to Main Content »

Language
 
Shopping Cart (0 item)
My Cart

You have no items in your shopping cart.

The Food of Love

The Food of Love

opera in one act

libretto by Terrence McNally


  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: English

 
Description
A homeless woman in Central Park, carrying her new-born baby, finds herself surrounded by a chorus of characters habituating the park: painters, lovers, yuppie sun-bathers, a zookeeper, and a cop. In desperation, she attempts to give her baby away to any of the unsuspecting strangers. Not only do these passers-by not accept the offer, they don’t even acknowledge her presence. ‘Terrence McNally and I spent a good deal of time developing the idea together. He was extremely open to all the musical necessities and had a wonderful understanding of structure. The music was prime and I valued Terrence‘s long experience in the theatre’. (Robert Beaser, from Anthony Tommasini’s article ‘Central Park’ from The New York Times 1999)  
Details
Auftragswerk : commissioned jointly by WNET/Great Performances, The Glimmerglass Opera, and the New York City Opera, as part of an evening of three One-Act Operas entitled "Central Park"
Performance duration: 45'0"
Publisher: Schott Helicon Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 24. Juli 1999 Cooperstown, NY, Glimmerglass Opera (USA) 1999 Glimmerglass Festival · Lauren Flanigan, soprano · Dirigent: Stewart Robinson · Glimmerglass Opera · Inszenierung: Mark Lamos · Kostüme: Candice Donnelly · Bühnenbild: Michael Yeargan
Year of composition: 1999
instrumentation: 2(1.pic).2(2.ca).2(1.Ebcl, 2.bcl).2(2.cbsn)-4.2.2.btbn.0-timp.3perc(glsp, crot, xyl, vib, mar, tub bells, tri, sus cym, crash cym, 2sizz cym, gong, tam-t, tamb, 2bng, s.d, field drum, cong, 2timb, 2b.d, steel pipes, wind chimes, guiro, tempbl, vibraslap, sandbl, frusta, cabaça, mexican bean, lion's roar [optional])-hp.pno(cel)-str
occupation: Woman · soprano - Woman with Reflector · soprano - Rich Lady · soprano - Little Girl · soprano (child) - Au Pair · mezzo-soprano - Elderly Woman · mezzo-soprano - Hot Dog Vendor · tenor - 1. Frisbee Player · tenor - Man with Reflector · tenor - Man on Cell Phone · tenor - Elderly Man · baritone - 2. Frisbee Player · baritone - Zookeeper · baritone - Painter · bass-baritone - Policeman · bass-baritone - Zoo Animals (doubling cast members)
Delivery rights: worldwide
Performances
Conductor: Stewart Robinson
Orchestra: Glimmerglass Opera
1999-07-24 | Cooperstown, NY (United States of America), Glimmerglass Opera | World Premiere
A homeless woman in Central Park, carrying her new-born baby, finds herself surrounded by a chorus of characters habituating the park: painters, lovers, yuppie sun-bathers, a zookeeper, and a cop. In desperation, she attempts to give her baby away to any of the unsuspecting strangers. Not only do these passers-by not accept the offer, they don’t even acknowledge her presence. ‘Terrence McNally and I spent a good deal of time developing the idea together. He was extremely open to all the musical necessities and had a wonderful understanding of structure. The music was prime and I valued Terrence‘s long experience in the theatre’. (Robert Beaser, from Anthony Tommasini’s article ‘Central Park’ from The New York Times 1999)  
Auftragswerk : commissioned jointly by WNET/Great Performances, The Glimmerglass Opera, and the New York City Opera, as part of an evening of three One-Act Operas entitled "Central Park"
Performance duration: 45'0"
Publisher: Schott Helicon Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 24. Juli 1999 Cooperstown, NY, Glimmerglass Opera (USA) 1999 Glimmerglass Festival · Lauren Flanigan, soprano · Dirigent: Stewart Robinson · Glimmerglass Opera · Inszenierung: Mark Lamos · Kostüme: Candice Donnelly · Bühnenbild: Michael Yeargan
Year of composition: 1999
instrumentation: 2(1.pic).2(2.ca).2(1.Ebcl, 2.bcl).2(2.cbsn)-4.2.2.btbn.0-timp.3perc(glsp, crot, xyl, vib, mar, tub bells, tri, sus cym, crash cym, 2sizz cym, gong, tam-t, tamb, 2bng, s.d, field drum, cong, 2timb, 2b.d, steel pipes, wind chimes, guiro, tempbl, vibraslap, sandbl, frusta, cabaça, mexican bean, lion's roar [optional])-hp.pno(cel)-str
occupation: Woman · soprano - Woman with Reflector · soprano - Rich Lady · soprano - Little Girl · soprano (child) - Au Pair · mezzo-soprano - Elderly Woman · mezzo-soprano - Hot Dog Vendor · tenor - 1. Frisbee Player · tenor - Man with Reflector · tenor - Man on Cell Phone · tenor - Elderly Man · baritone - 2. Frisbee Player · baritone - Zookeeper · baritone - Painter · bass-baritone - Policeman · bass-baritone - Zoo Animals (doubling cast members)
Delivery rights: worldwide
Conductor: Stewart Robinson
Orchestra: Glimmerglass Opera
1999-07-24 | Cooperstown, NY (United States of America), Glimmerglass Opera | World Premiere