Lizzie Borden (opera)

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Lizzie Borden is the best known opera by Jack Beeson. It is based on the real-life case of Lizzie Borden.

It was written in 1965 and premiered on March 25, 1965 by the New York City Opera conducted by Anton Coppola. The English libretto is by Kenward Elmslie after a scenario by Richard Plant. It is in three acts and an epilogue.

Roles[edit]

Role Voice type Premiere Cast,
March 25, 1965
(Conductor: – Anton Coppola)
Lizzie Borden mezzo-soprano Brenda Lewis
Margret Borden, Lizzie's sister soprano Anne Elgar
Captain Jason MacFarlane, Margret's love interest baritone Richard Fredricks
Abigail Borden, the stepmother soprano Ellen Faull
Andrew Borden. Lizzie's father baritone Herbert Beattie
Reverend Harrington tenor Richard Krause

Synopsis[edit]

The plot is a dramatic retelling of the famed double axe murders of the stepmother and father of the title character in Fall River, Massachusetts. However a great deal of dramatic changes are made for effectiveness on the stage.

References[edit]

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,941033,00.html?promoid=googlep

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A0CE5DD133FF93BA35750C0A96F958260&sec=&pagewanted=all

http://www.operanews.com/Opera_News_Magazine/2013/12/Recordings/BEESON__Lizzie_Borden.html