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Richard Wargo

Publisher: G. Schirmer

The Music Shop (1993)
Text Writer
Libretto by the composer, suggested by the short story “Forgot” by Anton Chekhov.
G Schirmer Inc
Opera and Music Theatre
Sub Category
Chamber Opera
Year Composed
43 Minutes
small chorus (optional)
Soprano, Mezzo soprano, Tenor, Baritone
Programme Note
Richard Wargo The Music Shop (1993)
A mild-mannered man comes to the music shop on an urgent mission – to purchase music for a song that his wife has been requested to sing at the wedding of the prince. Unfortunately, he cannot remember the title or the tune. What ensues are hallucinations of the rage of his Wagnerian soprano wife, his own unhappy fate when he returns empty-handed and a mad scramble through the entire stock of ‘the largest collection of music in all of Russia’ in a desperate attempt to recognise the requested melody in the ill-fated music shop.

  • 20 OCT 2017
    Fine Arts Center, Logan, UT
    Utah State University
    Dallas Heaton, conductor
  • 22 MAY 2010
    Philadelphia, PA
    Lyric Fest
    Laura Ward, piano

    Other Dates:
    23 May - Philadelphia, PA
  • 28 FEB 2007
    The Music Shop Country Premiere
    Colmar, France
    L’Opera National du Rhin

    Other Dates:
    12,14 April - Strasbourg, France
    2,4 March - Colmar, France
    3 April - Mulhouse, France

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