- Opera in one act
- Libretto by the composer, based on Oscar Wilde’s “The Canterville Ghost”
- Sung in English
- Running time: Approximately 60 minutes
Roles: Virginia (soprano), Mrs. Otis (mezzo-soprano), 1st Twin/1st Boy/1st Voice from Tapestry (mezzo-soprano), 2nd Twin/2nd Boy/2nd Voice from Tapestry (mezzo-soprano), Cecil Cheshire (tenor), Hiram Otis (baritone), Ghost/Sir Simon (bass), Family at Gravesite/Guests/Staff (non-speaking)
Orchestration: 2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 2 horns, trumpet, 2 trombones, tuba, 2 percussion, harp, piano/celesta/harpsichord, strings (piano reduction available)
Wilde’s finest poetry is in his prose, and his finest prose is in his children’s stories. Most are dark. Sacrifice and heartbreak are the themes. Frank homage is paid to Hans Christian Andersen, whose little match girl and little mermaid repeat their roles in Wilde’s The Happy Prince and The Fisherman and His Soul.
– Gordon Getty