The Saint of Bleecker Street
|Gian Carlo Menotti|
The Saint of Bleecker Street is an opera in three acts by Gian Carlo Menotti to an original English libretto by the composer. It was first performed at the Broadway Theatre in New York City on December 27, 1954. David Poleri and Davis Cunningham alternated in the role of Michele, and Thomas Schippers conducted. It ran for 92 consecutive performances.
The opera is through-composed, and set in the intensely Catholic Little Italy of New York City in 1954. It follows Annina, a young and simple woman who is blessed with the stigmata. She often hears voices and has visions of the angels. Her brother, Michele, is an atheist who is intensely protective of his sister; he believes she requires hospitalization, but he cannot stop the rest of the neighborhood from believing her a saint.
The Saint of Bleecker Street won Menotti the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1955 and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical. Although it is not part of the standard operatic repertory, recordings of it exist, and it is occasionally performed.
|George Tooker: The Subway (1950)|
The original set for The Saint of Bleecker Street was designed by the American symbolic realist painter George Tooker, and was based on elements from his painting The Subway, currently in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere cast,
(Conductor: Thomas Schippers)
|Don Marco||bass||Leon Lishner|
|Maria Corona||soprano||Maria Marlo|
|Carmela||soprano||Maria di Gerlando|
|A young man||tenor||Richard Cassilly|
|A young woman||soprano||Elisabeth Carron|
|1st guest||tenor||Keith Kaldenberg|
|2nd guest||baritone||John Reardon|
|Concettina||silent role||Lucy Becque|
|Maria's son||silent role||Ernesto Gonzales|
|Bartender||silent role||Russell Goodwin|
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