Steven M. Allen
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The Dunbar Operas

The Dunbar Operas

Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadows

 

Act I

1. Prelude
2. A Boys’ Summer – {ensemble}
3. The Majors and Minors’ Review – {trio}
4. A Letter to Alice – {arioso}
5. Do You Call That a Mistake – {duet}
6. Violets and Other Tales – {arioso}
7. Sister, Sister – {duet}
8. Victoria Darling – {quartet}
9. Yours Very Truly – {aria}
10. A Lyric – {duet}
11. I Am Sincerely Yours – {aria}
12. A Poem for Alice – {trio}
13. I Could Learn to Love Him – {aria}

Act II

14. Till The Wind Get’s Right – {aria}
15. News From London – {duet}
16. When Malindy Sings – {trio}
17. Matilda’s Aria
18. Dear Child, Just Leave it to Me – {trio}
19. The Party – {ensemble}
20. The Poet – {aria}
21. In The Parlor – {trio}
22. We Wear The Mask – {trio, chorus}
23. The Engagement – {duet}
24. I Could Learn to Love Him – {aria}

Cast of Characters

Paul Laurence Dunbar – Bass Baritone
Four Boys – Cambiata
Matilda Dunbar {Paul’s mother} – Mezzo
Major James Pond {Paul’s Manager} – Tenor
Alice Ruth Moore – Soprano
Leila Wright {Alice’s Sister} – Soprano
Patricia Wright Moore {Alice’s Mother} – Mezzo
Victoria Matthews – Mezzo
12 – 16 Mixed Voices {Party Guests}
Booker T. Washington – Bass
W.E. B. Dubois – Tenor
 

Instrumentation
flute, clainet, bass clarinet, violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, piano

Duration: 2:25

 
 
 
 

The Poet

Scenes

  1. Prelude
  2. The Poet – {aria}
  3. A Boys’ Summer – {ensemble}
  4. Majors and Minors’ Review – {trio}
  5. A Letter to Alice – {arioso}
  6. Do You Call That a Mistake? – {duet}
  7. Yours Very Truly – {aria}
  8. A Lyric – {duet}
  9. I Am Sincerely Yours – {aria}
  10. ‘Till The Wind Gets Right – {aria}
  11. News From London – {trio}
  12. When Malindy Sings – {quartet}
  13. Matilda’s aria
  14. When Malindy Sings - {reprise}
  15. I Could Learn to Love Him –  {aria}

Cast of Characters

Paul Laurence Dunbar, Bass-Baritone
Matilda Dunbar, Mezzo-Soprano
Major James Pond, Tenor
Alice Ruth Moore, Soprano
6 Boys, Cambiata

Instrumentation

Flute, Clarinet in B-flat, Bass Clarinet, Piano, Violin, Viola, Violoncello, 
Double Bass

Duration: 1:20

 

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Violets and Other Tales

Scenes

1. Prelude
2. Violets and Other Tales {Arioso}
3. Sister, Sister {Duet}
4. Victoria, Darling! {Quartet}
5. It’s Not Easy Being Me! {Aria / Ensemble}
6. Yours Very Truly {Arioso}
7. A Lyric {Aria}

Cast of Characters

Alice Ruth Moore, Soprano
Mary Lela Wright, Soprano
Victoria Matthews, Coloratura
Patricia Wright, Mezzo-Soprano

Instrumentation

Flute, Clarinet in B-flat, Bass Clarinet, Piano, Violin, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass

Duration 40 Minutes