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Old maid and thief

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Gian Menotti


Gian-Carlo Menotti


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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."
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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Roles in Old maid and thief

Miss Todd Mezzo-Soprano or Contralto
Bob Baritone
Laetitia Soprano
Miss Pinkerton Soprano

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Dawn Upshaw Steal Me sweet thief Menotti 48483
Steal me sweet thief
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Arias from Old maid and thief

Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Steal me sweet thief Popularity:

Opera: Old maid and thiefComposer: MenottiAct: 4

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Laetitia
2When air sings of summer Popularity:

Opera: Old maid and thiefComposer: MenottiAct: 8

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Bob