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A darkly comic opera in two parts.  When Elizabeth Brigmann’s father dies suddenly, she decides to return to the small town that shunned her twelves years earlier. Amid in the outwardly-cheery glow of 1950’s rural America, Elizabeth and her partner, Kate, must square with the lurking disapproval of the town, the teetering success of the family business, and her family's (quite literal) deals with the Devil.

"Candey’s work, scored for string quartet and piano, has a charming and elaborate complexity, full of ironic facets and interesting textures in a similar musically- descriptive vein as Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring."                                                                           -- Arts Knoxville  (Alan Herrod)


run time
approx. 1 hour, 15 min
(optional entr’acte included)

scored for
five principal vocalists +
six comprimarios that form a small coro +

piano quintet

Elizabeth Brigmann: mezzo-soprano
Kate Mayfield: light lyric soprano
Carl Silverton: character tenor
Doofey MacLaran: tenor
Joe Brigmann: bass-baritone
Mrs. Webster: mezzo-soprano

Woman 1 / Souffle Lady / Denise: soprano
Woman 2: soprano
Woman 3: mezzo-soprano
Man 1: tenor
Man 2 / Golf Man: baritone
Small cast (4-6) of townspeople*
(*can be comprised of comprimarios + Mrs. Webster)


included in the 2017 line-up of 

Fort Worth Opera's Frontiers Festival 2017

performed in the 2017 Fall Fringe Fest 

at Boston University (Boston, MA)

workshop premiere

Midwest Institute of Opera (Normal, IL)

professional premiere

Marble City Opera (Knoxville, TN)

New York City premiere
OperaRox Productions (NYC, NY)
performed at the historic Stonewall Inn

performed at

Washburn University (Topeka, KS) in April 2019

excerpted scene performed at:

- Opera MODO (of Detroit, MI)

- The University of Tennessee at Knoxville

review of the Knoxville

performance found here.

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