Beautiful Princess Available for Rescue
A Fantasy Opera in Two Acts
2003, rev. 2013
“approachable by neophytes and interesting to more knowledgeable listeners....lusciously beautiful.”—Phoenix Gazette
“charmingly accessible and up-to-date”—Las Cruces Sun-News
“social standards are toppled and timely issues are handled with absurd, common-sensical humor”—Arizona Republic
Duration: 120 minutes
Vocal score available for purchase at Subito Music Distribution. Performance materials available for rental through Subito Music Rental Library.
Librettist: Randall Shinn
Cast: 4 sop, ten, 3 bar
Orchestra: 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11, 1 perc, strings
Premiere: Doña Ana Lyric Opera, New Mexico State University, 2004
Composer Notes: Beautiful Princess Available for Rescue takes place in a fantasy world that pairs fairy-tale imagery with contemporary language. The tragicomic story ends happily for most characters, but the life-and-death conflict between two of the characters proves fatal to one of them. During the course of the opera its expressive tone ranges from despair to laugh-out-loud funny.
(This opera is an expansion and revision of my earlier opera Wilbur!, which it replaces.)