What happens to those in the wake
Of such magnetic, cyclonic energy?
William Carlos Williams, his wife, Flossie, and Ezra Pound
Based on the work and correspondence of William Carlos Williams
Used by permission: New Directions Publishing Corp.
William Carlos Williams – lyric baritone, 40 years old and 70 years old
Florence “Flossie” Williams – mezzo soprano, 35 and 65
Ezra Pound – bass baritone, 45 and 75
Tenor Soloist – Italian singer; Italian father; Bob McAlmon; Dr. Billy Williams
Ensemble – 12 SATB, 2 treble boys, 1 girl
The News from Poems is an ensemble opera in the Brechtian tradition: chorus members not only sing multiple small roles and cameos but also move sets, change costume in plain sight, participate invisibly in scenes, play instruments on stage, etc. Minimal set.
Currently scored for vn, cl/b.cl/alto sax, vc, pno
Future arrangements for 7 players, 13 players or chamber orchestra