The Salon : comic opera in one act
by Justin McKay (2009)
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Performance by Justin McKay from the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists, vol. 25.
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The Salon was written in December of 2009, a few months after the premiere of my first opera, Alice in Wonderland. The plot was suggested by Dr Ying Yeh and represents a day in the life of a hair salon, with characters going about their daily business. The Salon is utterly different to Alice in Wonderland. The former is comprised chiefly of ensembles and contains only two arias, the latter contains much solo singing and comparatively few ensembles.
Instrumentation: 7 sopranos, 2 mezzo-sopranos, 1 tenor, 2 baritones, piano.
Duration: 36 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Written for University students
Contents note: This piece is written as one continous scene, however it contains several stand-alone pieces: m. 250 Raphael's aria; m. 335 the love duet; m. 382 Sherry and Rhonda's duet; m. 591 quartet; m. 653 bridal scene; m. 680 Elizabeth's waltz; m. 860 the 'coffee fugue' finale.
Commission note: Commissioned by California State University, Chico
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