Plump Jack

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Plump Jack
  • Opera in two acts
    Libretto by the composer, based on Wiliam Shakespeare's Falstaff
  • Sung in English
  • Running time: Approximately 120 minutes

Roles: Henry IV/Pistol (bass-baritone), Hal/Henry V (tenor), Boy/Clarence (soprano), Bardolph/Chief Justice (baritone), Falstaff (baritone), First Traveler (mezzo-soprano), Second Traveler/Second Captain/Warwick (baritone), Hostess Nell Quickly (mezzo-soprano), Shallow/First Captain (tenor), Davy (bass-baritone), SATB Chorus

Orchestration: 2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, 3 percussion, harpsichord/celesta, harp, strings (piano reduction available)

Plump Jack in concert

Müncher Rundfunkorchester and Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Ulf Schirmer, conductor; Lester Lynch, baritone; Nikolai Schukoff, tenor; Susanne Mentzer, mezzo-soprano; Christopher Robertson, bass-baritone; Robert Breault, tenor; Melody Moore, soprano; Nathaniel Webster, baritone; Chester Patton, bass-baritone; Diana Kehrig, mezzo-soprano

Reviews

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“There’s an urgency, a sharpness of attack, and a determination in the writing that excites the ear”

Michael White
Opera Now, October 2012

“One standout passage is Henry IV’s lament for what he foresees as the decline of the kingdom under his son Hal, a thoughtful, mournfully effective blend of vivid accompaniment with an expressive vocal line. Henry’s deathbed scene is also emotionally potent; Getty seems to be at his most eloquent with the aging king.”

Joshua Rosenblum
Opera News, September 2013

“Getty’s work has considerable appeal, especially the orchestral sections… While Getty incorporates some Renaissance music, most of the opera is more modern in tone and darker than the Verdi opera.”

Barry Bassis
Epoch Times, November 2013