based on the play by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
This sharply witty comedy swiftly skewers the pretentious and exposes the frauds.
No one is spared the rapier tongues of the gossips. Based on the 18th century classic comedy
but rendered anew in rhymed verse and song, this School will teach you
that everything is not always as it seems to be on the surface.
In addition to professional productions,
the opera is ideal for young artist programs
and university opera programs.
An ensemble cast with roles for three sopranos, one mezzo soprano, three tenors, three baritones and one bass-baritone.
There is a small chorus of three men
plus comprimario parts.
Some doubling is possible.
Two of the tenors are character tenors.
A chamber sized orchestra could have as few as 14 players. The strings can be augmented for larger venues.
2 Flutes (picc)
There are four simple sets:
Lady Sneerwell's Salon.
The home of Sir Peter and Lady Teazle.
The home of Charles Surface.
The library of Joseph Surface.
Most of what is needed is furniture.
It could be done in concert halls,
in the round or in thrust theatres
as well as on a traditional
Can be done with a total of 19 costumes with one costume per character.
Other changes could be added if desired.
A witty libretto in rhymed English verse captures the spirit of the original play.
For a complete video of the premiere at the Moores Opera Center at the University of Houston click here.
Free baritone aria for Sir Peter in English suitable for auditions
Need a perusal score?
Meet composer Robert Nelson
and Librettist Buck Ross
The opera is in two acts. Each act is approximately 65 minutes. There is one intermission.