piano/vocal scoreopera in two acts (2013) (2013)
|Text information||libretto by J. D. McClatchy|
based on the book by Stephen King
|Commission||Commissioned by the San Francisco Opera|
|Premiere||September 18, 2013; War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, CA; San Francisco Opera|
|Roles||Vera · soprano - Selena · soprano - Dolores · mezzo-soprano - Mr. Pease · tenor - Thibodeau · tenor - Joe · bass-baritone - 5 maids · sopranos - Teen Girl · soprano - Teen Boy · tenor - Mr. Knox · tenor - Mr. Cox · tenor - Mr. Fox · tenor - SATB Chorus|
|Instrumentation||18.104.22.168-22.214.171.124-timp.2perc(glsp, xyl, vib, mar, gong (lg), s.d, 4tom-t (low to high), b.d, ratchet (xl), cym (pair) (lg), boat horn, police whistle, whip (xl))-hp.pno-str|
|Staged performances of this work require licensing.|
|Rental||Performance materials are available for order:|
Dolores Claiborne is a character destined for the operatic stage – passionate, desperate, trapped. She will do anything to save the daughter who despises her. Pushed to the extreme edge of life, she does what she has to, fearless and forsaken.
I have wanted to write this opera for years. Yes, Stephen King is a master of suspense, but he is also a remarkable reader of human desires and fears. The superb team that San Francisco Opera has assembled allowed me to compose a powerful, heart-stopping piece of music theater for a cast of brilliant voices.
- Tobias Picker