Poor Bibi (1999-2002)
Chamber Opera in One Act
Soloists (S, Mz, Bar), Dancer, and Instrumental Ensemble (18.104.22.168/0.0.0.0/pno/22.214.171.124)
Libretto by Joyce Carol Oates
hrCME; Christopher Hossfeld, conductor
Duration: 25 min.
Dedication: for Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
Commission: Commissioned by the Repellent Players
Publisher: Subito Music Corp.
A middle-aged married couple, burdened with the increasing ill-health and irascibility of their “Poor Bibi,” whom they once adored, make a decision to have him/her “put to sleep” by a veterinarian. When, repulsed by the request, the veterinarian refuses to perform the “simple procedure,” the husband and wife are forced to kill Poor Bibi themselves in a frenzied, brutal manner: “For we soon forget what we do, in the human desperation of doing it.” The ordinarily “gentle and civilized” couple then confront us, the audience: “And you, you damned hypocrites,what will you do with yours?” (Joyce Carol Oates)