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"Kill Bear Comes Home
The Opera Theatre of Rochester
Opera In Two Acts
Music by Paul Stuart
Libretto- Sally M. Gall


1. Prelude 4:01 Chorus
2. Dance: The Flight 3:03
3. Dance: Elegy 2:36

ACT 1. Scene 1

4. Chorus ("Our baskets are full") 1:54
Song Leader, Villagers, Hasty Girl
5. Ensemble ("I have come") 2:02
Chief Wife Hunter, Cold Feet, Four Sisters
6. Ensemble ("Sister, fetch my pipe") 2:12
Chief Wife Hunter, Four Sisters
7. Aria ("I want my husband, my love, my joy") 2 28 MP3
Cold Feet
8. Duet ("At dawn tomorrow") 3:39
Hasty Girl, Song Bird
9. Interlude 1:48

Scene 2

10.("Recitative") 4:35
Song Bird, Hasty Girl
11. Aria and Recitative ("Holder of the Heavens") 4:08
Song Bird, Hasty Girl, Kill Bear
12. Dance 3:06

13. Trio ("Ohl Ohl Ohl"} 4:33
Kill Bear, Hasty Girl, Song Bird
14. Finale ("I don't think Cold Feet is going to like this at all.") 3:31
Hasty Girl, Kill Bear, Song Bird

ACT II. Scene 1

15. Bridal Chorus ("Here she comes, the lovely bride") 1:49 MP3
Villagers, Chief Wife Hunter, Sisters, Kill Bear
16. Recitative 0:33
Kill Bear, Cold Feet, Chief Wife Hunter, Villagers
17. Aria ("I wanted a blanket") 1:45
Cold Feet
18. Chorus ("Stop! Stop!") 1:21
Chief Wife Hunter, Hasty Girl, Villagers
19. Interlude 0:34

Scene 2

20. Aria("What is to become of me?") 5:12"
Kill Bear
21. Interlude 0:52

Scene 3

22. Aria ('I'm such a fool") 6:22
Song Bird
23. Duet ("I can't live this way") 3:01 MP3
Kill Bear, Cold Feet
24. Finale ("Let him roam again") 6:34
Song Leader, Song Bird, Kill Bear, Villagers

Opera in Two Acts Adapted from an Iroquois Legend
Libretto by Sally M. Gall
(Sung in English)

Produced by VM Music with
The Opera Theatre of Rochester,
Glenn West, Artistic Director

VM Music P.O. Box 298 Pittsford, NY 14534 (585) 264-1705

CAST KILL BEAR, a young Iroquois................Mark Schmidt, tenor

COLD FEET, his wife......................Mi-Kyung Huh, soprano

CHIEF WIFE HUNTER, the village chief....Jason Smith, baritone

HASTY GiRL, Cold Feet's little sister.....Elana Gizzi, soprano

SONG BIRD, a wood thrush...............Therese Murray, soprano

FIRST SISTER of the chief................Cherie Pfeil, soprano

SECOND SISTER of the chief...............Renia Shukis, soprano

THIRD SISTER of the chief..............Lucy Fee, mezo-soprano

FOURTH SISTER of the chief..Riki Connaughton, mezzo-soprano

SONG LEADER...........................David Averbach, tenor

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Jenny Oh.............flute
Berkeley Price....clarinet
Silagh White.......bassoon
Hsueh-Fen Wei...contrabass
Barbara Dechario........harp
Kristen Tait......percussion
Steve Owen........percussion
conducted by Paul Stuart

Paul Stuart
Please click here For Mr. Stuarts Biography

Paul Stuart's music for opera, orchestra, chamber groups, and chorus
consistently receives high acclaim. The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
described his music as"interesting, sinuous and sparkling by turns,
with some striking dynamic contrasts," and the Rochester Times Union
spoke of "a beautifully expressive setting of a poet's vision."
A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Paul Stuart earned a Master of Music
degree from the Eastman School of Music where he studied
composition with Christopher Rouse, Samuel Adler, and David Liptak
and conducting with Donald Neuen and Jeffrey Renshaw.
He also studied composition privately for
four years with the world-renown
composer, David Diamond.

Sally M. Gall writes texts for a broad
range of music drama. The Lysistrata Affair, a
musical for which she wrote the book in collaboration
with composer Michael Cook and lyricist Eben Keyes,
ran in an off-Broadway production. She was co-librettist with
composer Simon Sargon of The Singing Violin which premiered in
Dallas, and she wrote the text forthe new production of Pinocchio
which was performed in New York.
She has made translations of Chopin's Songs and Schubert's
Miriam's Song of Triumph and has written extensively on
modern poetry and versification. She holds degrees from
Harvard and New York University, where she taught for several years.

Mark Schmidt performs regularly in operas,
musicals, and recitals. He performed Borsa in Rigoleffo,
Spoletta in Tosca, Ruiz in 11 Trovatore, Locket
in The Beggar's Opera, Acis in Aces and Galatea, Curley in Oklahoma,
Tony in West Side Story, and Billy in rams l enl.
Mr. Schmidt is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music
where he studied with
Seth McCoy and Gerald Lee.

Jason Smith has performed as
Angelotti and Sciarrone in Tosca with the Rochester
Philharmonic Orchestra, 11 Vecchio Zingaro in 11 Trovatore,
Monterone in Rigoletto, Pere Germont in La Traviata. Currently,
Mr. Smith is an apprentice with the Juilliard Opera
Center where he has performed the roles of
Tchelio in L'amour des Trois Oranges,
Peachum in The Beggar's Opera, and Bluff in The Impresario.

Elana Gi~i's operatic credits include numerous roles
with the Ithaca Opera Association and the Opera Theatre of Ithaca
College where she graduated Cum Laude with a BA in vocal performance.
Most notable was her portrayal of
Alida Slade in the
regional premiere of Robert Ward's Roman Fever.

Therese Murray is a graduate of
the Eastman School of Music where she studied
voice with Rita Shane. During her senior year
she was awarded the Presser Scholar- ship for
Outstanding Senior in Music. She also received an award for
outstanding leadership in the Sigma Alpha lota
Music Fraternity, and was awarded a scholarship for her
volunteer service in the community by the University
of Rochester Alumni Chapter.
Therese Murray has performed in 42nd Street, Kiss Me Kate, as
Fredrika in A Little Night Music, Hodel in Fiddleron the Roof,
and Maria in The Sound of Music.

Cherie Pfeil has performed in 42nd Street, Kiss Me Kate, Anything Goes,
and Flddleron the Roof, as well as roles of
Sister Margaretta in The Sound of Music,
and the MotherinAmahlandtheNightVisitors.
While astudentatthe Eastman School of Music,
she studied voice with Dale Moore, Jane McCoy,
and Marcia Baldwin. Cherie Pfeil is the recipient of
several prestigious awards including the Deverian Award
and the Jan DeGaetani Vocal Scholarship from
the Rochester Philharmonic League.

Renia Shukis has performed as
Phyllis Dale in 42nd Street, Cinderella's Mother in
Into the Woods, and Vel ma in West Side Story.
She studied voice with Judith Ranaletta and
violin with Ellen Rathjen.

Lucy Fee is an active cantor,
soloist, and opera performer. She was a soloist in
Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and she has appeared in
productions of 11 Trovatore, Babes in Toyland, and Tosca.

Riki Connaughton has extensive
opera and oratorio experience. Most recently she appeared as
the Mother in Hansel e Gretel, Baba in The Medium,
and the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors.
She performs throughout the United States as an oratorio soloist.

David Averbach is an active soloist, cantor,
conductor, and opera performer.
He portrayed the Servant of Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera and has
performed in many productions of the Opera Theatre of Rochester.
He holds a Master of Music degree from
the Eastman School of Music where he studied voice with Seth McCoy
and conducting with Donald Neuen.

Artistic Director of The Opera Theatre of Rochester

Recorded, engineered, and mixed by David Ward
Assisting engineers Maggie Perrotta, Mike Jaeger

Cover Model: Mary Sindon, Cover Photo by Leichtner Studios
Costume Design by Gail Argetsinger,
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