Passion

Passion
This emotional chamber opera tells of the passionate affair between a handsome soldier and an old spinster in 19th century war-torn Italy.

Discover the power of love in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's 1994 Tony Award-winning musical, Passion. No less than the wondrously complex landscape of the human heart is the subject of this haunting, intensely emotional one-act chamber opera that many consider to be Sondheim's deepest and most powerful evening of musical theatre.

A remote military outpost in 1863 Italy, a handsome army captain, separated from his beautiful - but married - mistress, is forced to re-evaluate his beliefs about love when he becomes the object of the obsessive, unrelenting passions of Fosca, his Colonel's plain, sickly cousin.

Bold, unexpected and thrilling, Passion is one of Stephen Sondheim's most emotional works. Intimate, raw, erotic and dark, it explores universal yet often unspoken truths. The sweeping, romantic score (Sondheim describes it as one long rhapsody) accompanies an intelligent, thought-provoking book which bears James Lapine's trademark lyricism and a host of well-drawn characters. As with all of Sondheim and Lapine's works, Passion requires (and highlights) a cast of accomplished singing actors.

Concert Selections for Passion

Concert Selections are original Broadway orchestrations and exciting new symphonic arrangements of select songs for use in concert performances. Concert Selections are the perfect way to give audiences a taste of the musical theatre experience without the sets, props and costumes.

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  • HAPPINESS
    From
    PASSION
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 FEMALE VOICE, 1 MALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    Gb
    Estimated duration
    8 min 32 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    TUNICK, JONATHAN
    Instrumentation
    5 bass, 6 cello, 7 viola, 17 violins, 2 horns, 1 keyboard 1, 1 keyboard 2, 3 percussion, 1 reed 1, 1 reed 2, 1 reed 3, 1 reed 4, 1 trumpet, 4 Piano Conductor Scores
  • I WISH I COULD FORGET YOU
    From
    PASSION
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 FEMALE VOICE, 1 MALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    Db
    Estimated duration
    3 min 20 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    TUNICK, JONATHAN
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1, 1 Reed 2, 1 Reed 3, 1 Reed 4, 1 Trumpet, 2 Horn 1&2, 17 Violin 1&2, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 1 Keyboard 1(Harp), 1 Keyboard 2(Strings), 3 Percussion(Cymb,Timp), 2 Piano/Conductor, 2 Chorus books
  • LOVING YOU
    From
    PASSION
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 FEMALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    G#m
    Estimated duration
    1 min 55 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    TUNICK, JONATHAN
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1(Flute), 1 Reed 2(Clarinet), 1 Reed 3(Oboe), 2 Reed 4(Clarinet), 1 Trumpet, 2 Horn 1&2, 17 Violin 1&2, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion(Bells), 1 Keyboard 1(Harp), 1 Keyboard 2(Muted Strings), 2 Piano/Conductor
  • NO ONE HAS EVER LOVED ME
    From
    PASSION
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 MALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    G
    Estimated duration
    3 min 20 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    TUNICK, JONATHAN
    Instrumentation
    Bass-5, Cello-6, Horns-2, Keyboard 1, Keyboard 2, Percussion-3, 1 Reed 1, 1 Reed 2, 1 Reed 3, 1 Reed 4, 1 Trumpet, Viola-7, Violin-17 3 Piano Conductor Scores
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Questions & Answers

April 27, 2012
We're considering 'Passion' for our University. Is it true that copyright demands the nudity in the opening scene, or can it be avoided?
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