As You Like It (Act I, Scene I) (2021)
Opera scene after Shakespeare
Soprano, two tenors, piano

8 minutes

Premiere performance:

19 June 2021

Imig Music Theater, University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO

Characters

 

Oliver, the older brother (tenor)

Orlando, the younger brother (soprano)

Charles, the wrestler (tenor)

 

Synopsis

 

Orlando, the younger son of the late Sir Rowland de Boys, is furious that his older brother, Oliver, refuses to allow him a good education or the inheritance that their father left him. Orlando and Oliver fight, and Oliver is wounded, though not seriously. Orlando laments on his predicament and exits. After Orlando leaves, Oliver calls over the duke’s wrestler, Charles. Oliver convinces Charles that Orlando is wicked and they scheme to get rid of him.