…should I have waited in a tower and grown my hair long? Or pricked my finger on a spindle and gone to sleep forever? When, then, is happily ever after?
Chamber opera in three scenes for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, and chamber ensemble.
Librettist: Elizabeth Reeves
Premiere: May 4, 2010. Peabody Institute. Baltimore, MD.
Peabody Conservatory. Gemma New, conductor.
Virginia Arts Festival. Alan Johnson, conductor, with members of the VA Symphony.
Noted Performances: June 4, 2012. Virginia Arts Festival. Norfolk, VA. Alan Johnson, conductor. Rhoda Levine, stage director.
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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.