An American Quartet

FOUR ONE-ACT OPERAS

Conducted by Nicholas Fox
Directed by Allison Narver
*SOLD OUT

Charming & delectable

Visit our black box theatre for an intimate evening of four American one-act operas. In Menotti’s The Telephone, constant calling interrupts a young man’s intentions. In Barber’s A Hand of Bridge, four card players share their fears, hopes, and frustrations. In Moore’s Gallantry we witness a television soap-opera opera (complete with a live soap commercial); and in Hoiby’s Bon Appétit! we’ll savor the words of Julia Child in a transcript of how to bake the perfect French chocolate cake.


ABOUT THE PRODUCTIONS

All four operas are performed in English with English captions.
Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, with 1 intermission.

Gian Carlo Menotti | The Telephone
Samuel Barber | A Hand of Bridge
Douglas Moore | Gallantry
Lee Hoiby | Bon Appétit!

Join us for these slices of life at The Gregory K. and Mary Chomenko Hinckley Studio Theatre, and enjoy complimentary chocolate cake after the performance.

Listen for the expertly compact composition of each piece—filled with character, expression, and wit.


PLAN YOUR VISIT | CONCIERGE SERVICES

Looking for dining options, directions, or more information? Create your opera experience with the assistance of our Portland Opera Concierge: Concierge@portlandopera.org | 503-241-1407

Tickets are $72.


ACCESSIBILITY

The performance of An American Quartet on February 9 at 2 PM will include an audio description of the visual and physical events on stage for patrons who are blind or have low vision. For patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing, each performance is translated with English text projected above the stage. If you require wheelchair, ADA, or companion seating, please let our Patron Services team know when you purchase tickets, so that we can ensure your visit to the opera is an excellent one.


COMMUNITY EVENTS

An American Quartet Preview: Thursdays @ Three
Thursday, January 30, 3 PM
All Classical Portland

Tune in to KQAC 89.9 for a preview of An American Quartet hosted by Christa Wessel and featuring performances by soprano Emilie Faiella (Lucy, Geraldine, Lola Markham), tenor Ricardo Garcia (Bill, Donald Hopewell), mezzo-soprano Camille Sherman (Sally, Announcer), baritone Geoffrey Schellenberg (Ben, David, Dr. Gregg), and Chorus Master & Assistant Conductor Nicholas Fox.

An American Quartet Preview: Multnomah County Library
Sunday, February 2, 2 PM
Central Branch, 801 SW 10th Ave.

Join us in the Collins Gallery for a preview of An American Quartet featuring performances by soprano Emilie Faiella (Lucy, Geraldine, Lola Markham), tenor Ricardo Garcia (Bill, Donald Hopewell), mezzo-soprano Camille Sherman (Sally, Announcer), baritone Geoffrey Schellenberg (Ben, David, Dr. Gregg), and Chorus Master & Assistant Conductor Nicholas Fox.

Free and open to the public.

Photos by Kate Szrom.

Cast

Julia Child
Angela Niederloh

Announcer, Sally
Camille Sherman

Lucy, Geraldine, Lola Markham
Emilie Faiella

Bill, Donald Hopewell
Ricardo Garcia

Ben, David, Doctor Gregg
Geoffrey Schellenberg

Conductor
Nicholas Fox

Director
Allison Narver

Set Designer
Peter Ksander

Costume Designer
Christine A. Richardson

Lighting Designer
Carl Faber

Plot & Program Notes

SYNOPSES

Menotti: The Telephone

Ben and Lucy are in her apartment, where he intends to propose to her. The phone keeps ringing and her lengthy conversations continue to interrupt his proposal attempts. He finally comes up with a new plan – why not give her a call?

Barber: A Hand of Bridge 

Two couples gather to play their nightly game of bridge. As the game progresses, each character’s inner thoughts reveal their fears and longings.

INTERMISSION

Moore: Gallantry

The announcer begins the opera (a parody of soap operas) with a commercial for Lochinvar Soap before the television show “Gallantry” begins. The soap opera takes place in a hospital, where the surgeon, Dr. Gregg, is professing his love for the anesthetist Lola, who is engaged to another colleague, Donald Hopewell.

As Lola and Dr. Gregg prepare for surgery, Lola is surprised to find Donald on the operating table for an appendix removal. Donald asks Dr. Gregg about his wife, surprising Lola who did not know he was married. Donald falls asleep and as Dr. Gregg begins to operate, he and Lola argue. Dr. Gregg threatens to stab Donald with his scalpel until Lola stops him and threatens to expose him. She leaves the operating room, and Dr. Gregg follows, leaving Donald alone on the operating table. He wakes up, confused, and sings of his love for Lola before she returns, having sent for another doctor. The announcer returns to tell the audience to tune in tomorrow for the next episode and ends the show with another commercial break as Lola and Donald sing of their love for each other.

Hoiby: Bon Appétit!

Adapted from a transcript of a 1971 episode of “The French Chef,” Julia Child teaches the audience how to make a “very special, very choc’latey, bittersweet, lovely” chocolate cake.