About the Work
Chamber Opera in One Act.
Librettist: Elizabeth Reeves
Premiere: May 4, 2010. Peabody Institute. Baltimore, MD.
- Prince Charmant, high baritone
- Cinders, soprano
- Tantie Marie, mezzo-soprano
Placed in a fairytale setting, The Toll explores the story of two people in a relationship that build each other up to be something he or she is not. This excerpt of the final two scenes introduces Cinders, a stereotypical princess, and Charmant, a valiant dragon slayer, as they begin to question their relationship. Though Tantie, the fairy godmother, thinks her magic can fix anything, it seems to do more harm than good. Only time will tell if they all live up to the “happily ever after” promised to them.