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Gian Carlo Menotti

Publisher: G. Schirmer

The Boy Who Grew Too Fast (1982)
Text Writer
Libretto by the composer.
G Schirmer Inc
Opera and Music Theatre
Year Composed
40 Minutes
Dutch, English, German
Soprano, girl Soprano, boy Soprano, 2 Tenors, Mezzo soprano, Treble, Bass, non-singing role, children
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Gian Carlo Menotti The Boy Who Grew Too Fast (1982)
Golden Gate Opera

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Cast List:

   MISS HOPE: Soprano
   POPONEL: Tenor
   MRS. SKOSVODMONIT: Mezzo-soprano
   DR. SHRINCK: Tenor
   MAD DOG: Bass-baritone
   MISS PROCTOR: Mezzo-soprano
   LITTLE POPONEL: Boy soprano
   LIZZIE SPENDER: Girl soprano
   POLICEMAN: non-singing role
   CHILDREN: Treble chorus


A nine-year-old boy who has just moved to town is mocked by his classmates because of his immense size and his name, Poponel Skosvodomonit. Miss Hope, his new teacher, tells the boy of Dr Shrink, who has invented a shrinking machine. The mother takes the boy to the doctor, who says he will be able to help Poponel reach a normal size but at a price – the boy must conform to everyone else’s actions. When Mad Dog, a terrorist, comes to the school and demands a hostage, only Poponel volunteers. His act makes him grow until he overwhelms the terrorist.

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