Publisher: G. Schirmer
The Wings of the Dove (1961)
Libretto by Ethan Ayer, based on the novel by Henry James.
Opera and Music Theatre
1 Hours 57 Minutes
madrigal chorus of 6 or more women for ballet
Mezzo soprano, 4 Baritones, Alto, Lyric Soprano, Soprano
Tenor, silent role
Kate Croy has no money, so she cannot wed Miles Dunstan, who instead marries the rich and frail Milly Theale. Miles hopes to inherit Milly’s wealth when she dies. Milly is told of Miles’s unscrupulousness, but she forgives him and expires. Miles then refuses to marry Kate unless she renounces his newly acquired fortune. She refuses and the couple separates.