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It was premiered on March 25, 1965, by the New York City Opera conducted by Anton Coppola. The libretto is by Kenward Elmslie after a scenario by Richard Plant. The roughly two-hour opera is in three acts and an epilogue.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere Cast,|
March 25, 1965
(Conductor: ��� Anton Coppola)
|Lizzie Borden||mezzo-soprano||Brenda Lewis|
|Margret Borden, Lizzie's sister||soprano||Anne Elgar|
|Captain Jason MacFarlane, Margret's love interest||baritone||Richard Fredricks|
|Abigail Borden, the stepmother||soprano||Ellen Faull|
|Andrew Borden. Lizzie's father||baritone||Herbert Beattie|
|Reverend Harrington||tenor||Richard Krause|
The plot is a dramatic retelling of the famed double axe murders of the stepmother and the father of the title character in Fall River, Massachusetts. However a great deal of dramatic changes are made for effectiveness on the stage.
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