Music & Libretto by Michael Pratt
Madame Puccini was commissioned by the Adrian Symphony Orchestra. Act One was performed in concert on March 11,1995 in Spencer Recital Hall on the campus of Adrian College, Adrian, Michigan as part of the ASO's River Raisin Chamber Series.
The cast included Meredith Zara (head of voice faculty at Michigan State University) as Madame Puccini, Erik Johanson (professor of applied voice and opera workshop at The University of Toledo) as Giacomo Puccini, Vivian Dettbarn (professor of voice at Adrian College) as Doria Manfredi, and Lance Ashmore (faculty on the Creative Arts Department at Bowling Green State University) as Tello Manfredi. The remaining characters of Father Michelucci and Mama Manfredi do not appear in Act One. Conducting was David Katz, music director of the Adrian Symphony Orchestra with Wilnella Bush playing piano.
Madame Puccini was completed in May, 1997 and orchestrated for thirteen players (flute, oboe, clarinet, french horn, bassoon, percussion, keyboard, violin 1 & 2, viola, cello 1 & 2, and string bass) over the summer of 1997.
The fully staged premier by The Adrian Symphony Orchestra scheduled for March 21, 1998 was, unfortunately, cancelled due to budgetary problems.
Madame Puccini is completely tonal and all parts are lyrical in nature. Each character gets several featured arias as well as numerous duets, trios, quartets, and quintets.
Full score, vocal score and orchestral parts are available from the composer. Interested parties should contact the composer concerning possible performance opportunities. The availability of doing a fully staged world premier still exists.