Postcard From Morocco - Dutch National Opera Academy

Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag
Wed 23 Mar - Sun 27 Mar
Wed 23 Mar '22
Sun 27 Mar '22


Argento – Postcard from Morocco – Dutch Première


A small group of people wait in a railway station. One of them sings about the hand mirror she carries. The passengers ask Mr. Owen, a man with a paint box, what he does; before answering, they are distracted by a puppet show. One of the passengers talks about his luggage. Another man has a cornet case, but will not open the case. Another traveler makes hats for the movies, but is misunderstood by the rest. One passenger reveals that he is a shoe salesman, but also refuses to open his case. Mr. Owen is asked about his painting. One of the ladies has a cake box, in which she says she keeps her lover. Mr. Owen talks about a magical ship he imagined when he was younger. A puppet maker appears, talking about all of the things that go into puppet making. Mr. Owen is asked to paint the passengers’ portraits. As they wonder about his paint box, they bully him into place to paint them. His box falls open, revealing that it is empty. The puppet show concludes, and everyone but Mr. Owen leaves. He sings about the ship of his childhood dreams.

Commissioned by Minnesota Opera.
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Libretto: John Donahue
First performed 14 October 1971

With an instrumental ensemble from the Royal Conservatoire The Hague