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Lee Hoiby

This Is the Rill Speaking

vocal score

opera in one act, op. 56 (1991)
Text informationfrom the play by Lanford Wilson adapted by Mark Shulgasser
Duration50'
PremiereApril 26, 2008 Purchase, NY, Purchase College Conservatory of Music; presented by American Opera Projects; Benton Hess, conductor; Ned Canty, staging; Anna Kiraly, costumes; Glenn Reed, scene designer; Peter West, lighting designer
LanguageEnglish
RolesMother/Allison · mezzo-soprano
Willy · baritone
Judy · soprano
Maybelle/Peggy · mezzo-soprano
Tommy/Manny · tenor
Keith/Earl/Father · baritone
Technical requirementssoprano, 2 mezzo-sopranos, tenor, 2 baritones and orchestra:
1.1.1(bcl).1-1.0.0.0-hp-str(1.1.1.1.1)
PublisherSchott Music
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Program Note

This story captures the everyday happenings of rural America in all of its glories and shortcomings. Like a rill, a term for a small stream or brook, the opera intermittently visits the lives of its rural inhabitants in a non-linear, fluid fashion. Such glimpses of small town life here include woman discussing home decoration, schoolboys gossiping about fellow students, farmers describing quality hay, and other trivial scenes that taken together provide an overall picture of country life.

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