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Virgil Thomson

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Four Saints in Three Acts (1934)
Text Writer
Libretto by Gertrude Stein
G Schirmer Inc
Opera and Music Theatre
Sub Category
Chamber Opera
Year Composed
1 Hour 30 Minutes
SATB chorus; ballet
Solo Instrument(s)
2 Sopranos, 2 Mezzo sopranos, 2 Tenors, Baritone, 2 Basses
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Virgil Thomson Four Saints in Three Acts (1934)
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Fictional but typical incidents from the lives of St. Teresa of Avila and St. Ignatius Loyola and of imaginary St. Settlement and St. Chavez.

Robert Wilson's stunning new production of Four Saints in Three Acts baffled and delighted an appreciative audience. Stein's language is always simple but baffling; Thomson's music is tonal, melodic, nostalgic but jagged and suspended...But it adds up. Stein and Thomson would have loved it. Opera, like religion, can be fun, even witty, they seem to be saying. Or successful.
Willard Spiegelman , Wall Street Journal,01/01/0001
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