Paul Hindemith HIN UND ZURÜCK (THERE AND BACK)
Samuel Barber A HAND OF BRIDGE
Lukas Foss INTRODUCTIONS AND GOODBYES
Life is short, opera is long – wittily remarked Chari Shanker, production director of the San Francisco Opera, but this is not necessarily the rule. We have joined together three shortest operas in the world, each of them lasting ten odd minutes, in a cabaret form and intended them for those who are fond of late night outings.
Hindemith’s Hin und zurück (There and Back) is an operatic sketch lasting only twelve minutes. It deals with a tragic story including jealousy, murder and suicide, but after an unexpected turn of events it reaches a happy ending.
A Hand of Bridge is the shortest opera by American composer Samuel Barber. In a card game played by two middle-aged couples the author tackles and entwines love and jealousy, as well as taboos such as marital infidelity and bisexuality.
A nine-minute one-act opera Introductions and Goodbyes by Lukas Foss ironizes conventional associating and petty-bourgeois manners of the American high society.