is a full-scale opera written in
the classical musical style of Mozart.
 
Click here to hear Finale to Lysistrata
A flute virtuoso's "extravaganza"
.
This 1960's opera is based on the theme or general story of the play by the ancient Greek playwrite Aristophanes. The play was rewritten and adapted to modern dialogue and times, to be a protest against war, and a statement about modern western society.
Originally composed 1963-1967 and to be performed by the Wayne State University (Detroit) opera workshop, midst great controversy, as a protest to the Vietnam War. It had characters depicting Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and others of the time. An update section in the opera suggests easy ways, with only a few changes, to further update the play to make it applicable to any time period, as long as wars continue. Because Aristophanes' basic theme is universal, such an update merely requires a bit of creative change of character-names and costumes. For example, one character could be re-named "SonuvaBush," and the like.
There are appendices to help organize rehearsal groups. The opera can also be done as a straight play or a play using some of the music as an unsung background music. See below, for the availability of a separate inexpensive Libretto (Click for Synopsis).

Limited edition (60 copies numbered)
280 pp., 9 x12, finely illustrated.. Hardcover, hand-tooled finish in brown & gold
$130.oo postpaid U.S. (Public or University Libraries only)
15 copies left at this writing.
A soft-cover public edition of the full opera is $90.oo U.S. postpd.
.
For publicly available excerpts in inexpensive sheet-music form,
and reviews of these musical compositions, click Some New"Olde-Musicke"
[Sample sheet music available at cost of postage/copying/handling as listed in that webpage.]

In order for us to reduce getting spam from junk-mailer programs,
click on the E-MAIL button and then
before e-mailing us, remove the '+' symbol from our address
to make sure you reach us.
We are sorry for the inconvenience.
.
FOR CREDIT-CARD PURCHASES & RUSH DELIVERY SERVICE, click here
-
ALSO AVAILABLE:
9o-MINUTE STEREO CASSETTE of music to the opera ($20 postpaid),
Click here to hear Finale to Lysistrata
and
LIBRETTO usable to perform as a play (50 pp. softcover. $10 postpaid).
Click for some opera humour: A Night at the oopera
-
TO ORDER PUBLICATIONS
FOR CREDIT-CARD PURCHASES & RUSH DELIVERY SERVICE, click here
Snailmail for checks or money orders:
GREENWICH
1829 Arlington Ave., Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan,
Canada S7H 2Y9
TEL# (306) 244-0679 or 931-2189

In order for us to reduce getting spam from junk-mailer programs,
click on the E-MAIL button and then
before e-mailing us, remove the '+' symbol from our address
to make sure you reach us.
We are sorry for the inconvenience.
(All web logos, art & illustrations: © 1996 by Greenwich)

GREENWICH SUBJECT LISTINGS-INDEX
Or Return to Top.