Children's and Liturgical Opera Company, LLC
OPERAS FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS: Old Befana
a Christmas opera for adults and children
based on the traditional Italian fairy tale
music and libretto by Susan Hulsman Bingham
*Special Commendation, Vienna Masterworks
2003 Nancy Van deVate International Opera Competition
Old Befana poster design: Susan Bingham
(Sop (3), alto (3), tenor (3), treble choir (up to 16 singers), adult SATB chorus (two on a part
sufficient); some non-singing parts. Parts that may be doubled are marked below with an asterisk (*).
|Small group of Children||trebles|
|Neighbor Woman #1||soprano|
|Neighbor Woman #2||soprano|
|Neighbor Women||soprano, mezzo soprano|
|Three Magi*||low tenor|
|Angels||trebles or sopranos|
|Young Mother #1||soprano|
|Young Mother #2||
|Accompaniment||Piano, organ, percussion; can be done with piano alone. An unpolished orchestral score for 16 pieces exists but has not been used; there is also a piano/organ version.|
|CHORUS||treble choir (acting and in costume) and SATB choir (can be small)|
|Dance||None or optional|
|Props||Biblical times, homespun. Can be done with very few props.|
|Souce of Text||traditional Italian fairy tale|
|Musical Style||Melodic, tonal, lyrical, with seasonal "feel"|
|Scenes||One act without breaks|
|Duration||approximately 60 minutes|
|Premier||Feast of the Epiphany, Sunday, January 6, 1991 at Christ Church Parish, New Haven, CT, USA. Original production directed by Jeanne Bartlett Kerr and with lighting design by William B. Warfel.|
|Click here to hear David Finley, Geoff Gilchrist, and Fernando Mancillas, tenors, as the Magi.|
|Click here to hear a sound clip of Old Befana, sung by Judith Caldwell, soprano|
David Finley, tenor, as one of the Magi in Old Befana
Photo: Jennifer Lester
Poster of the performance of OLD BEFANA
performed at St. Martin's College, Malta, December, 2001.
Poster design: Marika Porteli
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Price of one bound and one single-sided piano/vocal/percussion score of Old Befana: $150.
Price includes shipping within the United States. Performance rights and permission to make
sufficient copies of the score for cast members and accompanists for one season are included.
"Old Befana" downloadable PDF file: $75
DVD of "Old Befana": $28. Price includes shipping within the US.