(available through E.C. Schirmer)
TEXT: Leanna Kirchoff
DURATION: 15 minutes
THEMES: sisterhood, family
PERFORMANCE SUGGESTIONS: opera scenes concert, micro-opera concert
Scrapbookers is a micro operetta for soprano duet and piano based on an original libretto written by Kirchoff on the topic of scrapbooking. The piece was commissioned by the Indiana-based trio, Soprani Compagni, for their anthology and recording project called, “Portraits of Women in Contemporary Soprano Duet.” In fall of 2016, they toured Scrapbookers in venues in the United States, China and Korea.
In the operetta, Carol has talked her sister, Noelle, into coming to Carol’s weekly crop night to work on an anniversary scrapbook for their parents. They are seated among a gathering of women working on scrapbooking projects. We do not see the other women, but occasionally Carol and Noelle look around the room and engage with these invisible scrapbookers. Carol is an avid and long-time scrapbooker. Noelle knows nothing about scrapbooking. The two sisters have just arrived and are getting settled at their spot.