THE STRANGERS

An OPERA in DEVELOPMENT

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 - 120 minutes (excluding intermission)

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

Chorus options: principals singing choral numbers; SATB quartet; large, on-stage ensemble; pre-records

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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