Old maid and thief
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About the opera Old maid and thief
The Old Maid and the Thief is an opera in one act by Italian-American composer Gian Carlo Menotti. The work uses an English language libretto by the composer which tells a twisted tale of morals and evil womanly power. Menotti writes in the libretto "The devil couldn't do what a woman can- Make a thief out of an honest man."Read more on Wikipedia
Commissioned by NBC, The Old Maid and the Thief was one of the earliest operas composed specifically for performance on the radio. Upon the opera's premiere in 1939, the work was received with wide enthusiasm by American music critics. The success of the opera helped further establish Menotti's career in the United States. Menotti later adapted the opera slightly so it could be performed on the stage; with the first theatrical production given in Philadelphia in 1941. The staged version of the work proved to be successful as well, and the opera is still occasionally mounted by professional companies. It is also a popular repertoire choice by university opera programs in the United States.
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1Steal me sweet thiefOpera: Old maid and thiefComposer: MenottiAct: 4Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: EnglishRoles: Laetitia 2When air sings of summerOpera: Old maid and thiefComposer: MenottiAct: 8Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: EnglishRoles: Bob