Music by Michael Valenti
Libretto by Stacey Luftig
Based on a short story by Kate Chopin
Setting: A mansion in Bath, England, 1894.
Synopsis: Louise, a young woman in delicate health, rejoices to be celebrating Christmas with her sister, Josephine. All that is missing from this “perfect” holiday is Louise’s husband Brently, who is due back via train after a business trip. But Josephine learns that Brently’s train has crashed, leaving no survivors, and then must break the news to her younger sister. Louise’s unexpected reaction, and the shocking events that follow, are devastating to all.
Winner of the inaugural Salzman-Gramercy Opera Advancement Prize, Story of an Hour will be performed by Gramercy Opera in New York City on December 13th and 14th, 2019. It premiered with the Portland Chamber Orchestra in Portland, Oregon, conducted by Yaki Bergman. A Christmas carol from the operetta was performed for Christmas mass with full choir at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City. The operetta is part of a larger work, entitled The Portrait, which includes a short opera and a musical theater piece with book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro.
Approximately 40 minutes
2 w, 1 m (man plays 3 roles).