THE STRANGERS

An OPERA in TWO ACTS

Music by FRANK PESCI

Libretto by ANDREW ALTENBACH

THE STRANGERS is the true story of eleven Sicilian immigrants in late 19th century New Orleans who were accused of a crime, tried and acquitted, but then lynched by an angry mob. The first rumors of the Mafia in America, post-Reconstruction tensions, and xenophobia serve as a backdrop to a parable of immigrants - believing in faith and justice, and seeking peace and opportunity - coming face to face with native pride, protective instinct, and a mistrust of all that is foreign.

Project proposal at a glance:

Projected Running Time: 90 - 100 minutes of music

Nine PrincipalsFive women (3 sop, 1 zwichen, 1 mezzo)  Four men (2 tenors, 1 bar, 1 b-b)

Ensemble: at least four singers (SATB) serving as a chorus, in comprimario roles, and as supernumeraries. Based on available resources, the Ensemble could be as large as 12-16 singers. 

Orchestration options:

    "New Orleans Traditional" (cl, tpt, tbn, git/bjo, pno/kbd, cb, vib, drums) 

    Chamber Orchestra (1.1.1.1 - 1.1.1.0, git/bjo, pno/kbd, vib, dr, string quintet)

    Full pit orchestration (2.2.2.2 - 4.2.2.1, git/bjo, pno/kbd, vib, dr, str.)  

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