It was premiered by Indiana University Opera Theater with student singers and orchestra on 25 February 2006. Its professional debut was at the Lake George Opera on 1 July 2006. It covers the same ground as the play, dealing with birth, maturity and death. Rorem created pleasant melodies and sparseness to maintain the feel of the original production. The opera is virtually sung through, with little spoken dialogue. As with play, the libretto calls for no sets, a bare stage, and limited props. It was performed recently by the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music in Cleveland, Ohio.