The Operas of Alice Parker, Recipient of the National Opera Association Sacred in Opera Achievement Award

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Kurt-Alexander Zeller
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Alice Parker, one of the most eminent names in American choral music, is also the composer of four operas, which have received much less attention than her choral works. This article introduces and discusses Parker's operatic compositions. All of Parker's operas share certain characteristics that make them eminently suitable for academic opera programs, including reasonable vocal demands appropriate for undergraduate voices, small instrumental ensembles, modest scenic demands, and an especially prominent role for the opera chorus. Her works also tend to share certain thematic and technical elements, including referencing pre-existing musical material (especially hymn tunes and folk melodies), avoidance of extensive use of recitative, and an emphasis on dramatic themes of community and spirituality. It is for this last quality of her operas, as well as their overall musical excellence, that the National Opera Association's Sacred In Opera committee has selected Alice Parker as its 2021 Sacred In Opera Achievement Award winner.
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