Miss Julie (opera)


Miss Julie (opera)

Miss Julie is an opera by Ned Rorem to an English libretto by Kenward Elmslie, based on the play, Miss Julie by Swedish playwright August Strindberg on the subject of the intersection of social class and illicit sexual relations in late 19th-century Sweden.

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Performance history

The opera was commissioned by, and had its first performance, in its original two-hour, two-act version,[1] on 4 November 1965 at the New York City Opera. The production was conducted by Robert Zeller and directed by Nikos Psacharopoulos with scenic and lighting design by Will Steven Armstrong, costume design by Patton Campbell, and choreography by Thomas Andrew.[2] The opera was not a critical success, and Rorem revised the score and shortened it to a single act in 1978; this version lasts 90 minutes and was first performed that same year by the New York Lyric Opera.[1][3] The one-act version underwent further slight revisions and was produced again in 1994 by the Manhattan School of Music Opera Theatre. This version was praised by James Oestreich, music critic of The New York Times, as "taut and persuasive musical drama",[1] and was recorded and released on on the Newport Classic label.[4] Another recording, of a production on 7 November 2003 by the Curtis Opera Theatre,[5] has been released on Albany Records.[6]

Roles

Role[3] Voice type Premiere Cast, 4 November 1965[2][7]
(Conductor: Robert Zeller)
Miss Julie, 25, daughter of the Count soprano Marguerite Willauer
John, 30, the valet bass-baritone Donald Gramm
Christine, 28, the cook mezzo-soprano Elaine Bonazzi
Niels, 38, Miss Julie's fiancé tenor Richard Krause
Wildcat boy soprano (or boy soprano) Betsy Hepburn
Stableboy bass Don Yule
Young couple soprano
tenor
Joan Summers
Nico Castel
Chorus: revellers, servants, and farmhands

Instrumentation

The orchestra consists of: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 3 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, timpani, 2 additional percussion players (xylophone, slapstick, gong, triangle, vibraphone, tambourine, cymbals, tenor drum, glockenspiel, castanets, chimes, suspended cymbal, bongos), guitar, harp, strings.[3][7]

Synopsis

Place: the servants' quarters of a country estate in Sweden.
Time: a Midsummer Eve celebration in the 1880s.

The jaded daughter of the Count, Miss Julie, orders her fiancé Niels to kiss her boot, whereupon he breaks off their engagement in disgust. Later that evening John, the valet, and his fiancée Christine, the cook, sit with Miss Julie. Miss Julie flirts with John, who eventually admits he has loved her since boyhood. On the following day John and Miss Julie discuss how they will spend their lives together, and John expresses his desire to go to Lake Como to make his living running a hotel. When Miss Julie admits she has no money of her own to finance such an undertaking, John demands she somehow find some, so Miss Julie steals money from the Count. Meanwhile Christine discovers John's intentions and threatens to quit her job with the Count. The lovers prepare to escape, but Miss Julie demands to take her canary with her. Angered, John kills the bird. She grabs his razor and threatens to slit her wrists, and he suggests she go ahead and do it. The Count rings for John, and he leaves, as Julie goes slowly into the garden and follows his suggestion.[3][7]

References

  1. ^ a b c Oestreich, James R. (1994). "OPERA REVIEW; 'Miss Julie,' to Rorem's Music", The New York Times, 9 December 1994. Accessed 23 February 2010.
  2. ^ a b Sokol, Martin L. (1981). The New York City Opera, p. 346. New York: Macmillan. ISBN 0-02-612280-4.
  3. ^ a b c d "Ned Rorem - Miss Julie - Opera" at Boosey & Hawkes website. Accessed 23 February 2010.
  4. ^ Miss Julie, Manhattan School of Music Opera Theatre at Amazon.com. Accessed 23 February 2010.
  5. ^ The Official Ned Rorem Website: Roremania. Accessed 23 February 2010.
  6. ^ Miss Julie, Curtis Opera Theatre at Amazon.com. Accessed 23 February 2010.
  7. ^ a b c OPERA America - New Works Directory. Accessed 23 February 2010.

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