Opera - Griffelkin
Opera in three acts
Libretto by Alastair Reid
Act I (Prologue)
'When the moon grows round and the dark grows double'
'You haven't swept up very snugly'
Grandmother, Devils, Griffelkin
'Hurry up now! Light the fire!'
'You have learned to bewitch'
'O Grandmother, you mean I can play in the world'
Griffelkin, Grandmother, Devils
'Head over heels now here I come!'
'Bottle, we're off!'
'I'll try over there across the square'
'Good morning. Good gracious, you look like the devil'
'I've made a mistake'
Griffelkin, Boy, Children
'Why, why can't you leave us'
'Did you turn them back into stone?'
Girl, Griffelkin, Mother
'Where have you been?'
Mother, Girl, Griffelkin
'Have I been dreaming?'
Mother, Shopkeeper, Policeman
'Now you can see, I'm a master of magic'
Griffelkin, Girl, Shopkeeper, Toys
'Come dance, come dance, round and round'
'Toys! Fiddlers, drummers!'
Griffelkin, Girl, Toys
'Oh no! Oh no! Who would believe it!'
Hosewives, Griffelkin, Policeman, Letterbox, Lions, Statue, Toys
'Disaster, calamity, dreadful, insane'
Housewives, Policeman, Shopkeeper, Letterbox, Statue, Toys, Lions
'Almost empty, only a drop'
'Mother, your lips are silent'
Boy, Girl, Griffelkin
'Here I am!'
'Tell me please, tell me only: what is death?'
Griffelkin, Girl, Boy
'I'll bring her back with a sprinkle of magic'
Griffelkin, Mother, Boy, Girl
'Good! Good! Good! Good!'
Devils, Grandmother, Griffelkin, Oldest Devil
'O, dark winds will haunt me'
'Why Griffelkin, good morning!'
Girl, Boy, Griffelkin, Policeman, Housewives, Shopkeeper, Mother
'What a strange, round world'
Marion Dry contralto - Devil's Grandmother
Kendra Colton soprano - Griffelkin
Elizabeth Keusch soprano - Statue
Yeghishe Manucharyan tenor - Letterbox
Drew Poling baritone - First Lion
David M. Cushing bass - Second Lion
Emily Browder soprano - A Boy
Misa Ann Iwama mezzo-soprano - A Girl
Janna Baty soprano - Their Mother
' Engebreth baritone - Policeman
Lynn Torgove mezzo-soprano - Shopkeeper
Anne Harley soprano - First Housewife
Anne Carolyn Bird soprano - Second Housewife
Glorivy Arroyo mezzo-soprano - Third Housewife
David M. Cushing bass - Oldest Devil
1 & 2 April 2002