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No one saw it in the cards


AUDIO
Samantha Schmid, soprano, and Josh Quinn, piano

DURATION
2’15”

LIBRETTIST
Jerre Dye

YEAR COMPOSED
2010

THIS IS AN ARIA FROM THE OPERA:
Grand Illusion

COMMISSIONER
Chicago Opera Theater for the Vanguard Initiative

SYNOPSIS
Chicago, 1920: Abigail, age 20, walks into the Studebaker Theater in Chicago, where she remembers a tragic afternoon when she was 8 years old.

PLACE AND TIME
This original story takes place at the Studebaker Theatre on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, and alternates between 1908 and 1920.

ORDERING SCORES
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YEAR COMPOSED
2019

TEXT
No one saw it in the cards,
or crystal ball, for that matter.

I remember it was 1908,
reluctant spring,
a Saturday
the filthy snowdrifts lingering outside the Studebaker Theatre.

Chicago, downtown, was a whirlwind -
sheer magic for a child of nine.
Only nine,
an only child…
oblivious to what would come.

No one saw it in the cards,
or crystal ball, for that matter.