BELFAGOR, libretto in Italian For 2 Sopranos, 1 Mezzo soprano, Tenor, Baritone Scored for Bass Clarinet, Piano, Violin , Viola I , Viola II, Cello, Contrabass
Featuring Clifton Romig
“ Scola Prosek was represented with another section, Wedding Scene, from her to be performed at San Francisco’s Thick House opera, Belfagor, based on Machiavelli’s comic novella of the same name. SFCCO presented its overture, which features a big bass clarinet solo for Rachel Condry, last December; Condry beguiled with her tone as well as her mastery of her part’s manifold challenges.
The challenge for any theatre or film composer is to make whatever world they enter come alive convincingly as sound, and Scola Prosek’s instincts seem right on the money, whether that world is Periclean Athens, Imperial Rome, or Renaissance Italy, which she conjured “simply” yet effectively with rich sustained harmonies for her vocal quintet — sopranos Maria Mikheyenko and Eliza O’Malley; alto Gar Wai Lee; tenor Aurelio Viscarra; and bass bartone Micah Epps — and her orchestra, which launched the scene with a bright snappy fanfare.” Contemporary Classical Weekly, 2007
"Thought-provoking and compelling. The drill-sergeant moments are disturbing and jarring. The lyrics are full of striking imagery and metaphor. The music is compelling, rich and fully realized.” The Academy of New Music Theater
Earplay, featuring Tod Brody, flute, and Peter Joseff, Clarinet, performs the Overture, Frottola, to the opera I Quaderni di Leonardo, in 2006 in San Francisco. Premiered at Thick House Theater in June of 2006
Scored for Flute, Clarinet, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello