The Wings of the Dove is an opera in 2 acts and 6 scenes by the American composer Douglas Moore that uses an English-language libretto by Ethan Ayer based on the 1902 novel of the same name by Henry James. Commissioned by the New York City Opera, the work premiered on October 12, 1961, at City Center, in a production directed by Christopher West with sets by Donald Oenslager, costumes by Patton Campbell, and choreography by Robert Joffrey. Written in a Neo-Romantic style, the work is composed in the tradition of the verismo opera of Giacomo Puccini.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere cast, 12 October 1961|
Conductor: Julius Rudel
|Kate Croy||mezzo-soprano||Regina Sarfaty|
|Homer Croy||baritone||Paul Ukena|
|Milly Theale||soprano||Dorothy Coulter|
|Aunt Maud||mezzo-soprano||Martha Lipton|
|Susan Stringham||soprano||Mary LeSawyer|
|Lord Mark||tenor||Norman Kelley|
|The Lecturer||tenor||Maurice Stern|
|Janus||Gerald Arpino and Paul Sutherland|
|Goddess of Spring||dance role||Francoise Martinet|
- Harold C. Schonberg (October 13, 1961). "Opera: Wings of Dove in Premiere; Douglas Moore's New Work at City Center". The New York Times.
- "Review: The Wings of the Dove". Variety. 234 (8). October 18, 1961. p. 65.