The Box Office
chamber opera

Bekah Simms
Bekah Simms
Composition Date: 2014
Duration: 00:09:00
Genre: Staged Vocal Works, Operas, Complete Vocal Score


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Soprano
  • 1 x Unspecified chorus
  • 1 x Chamber orch.
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Programme Note:
“The Box Office” is one mini opera in a five-part set with an overarching theme of what happens when two people meet. “The Box Office” provides a short and absurd scene that is nothing short of a customer service nightmare – one insufferable customer, and one (very) tired attendant. Many of the gestures focus on chromaticism and tritone leaps, suggesting an “uneasy” sense of conversation. The music makes heavy use of referential humour, with quotes from various operas (made appropriate, considering the setting of the Canadian Opera Company box office) and cultural tropes. Its lightening quick pace and frequent orchestrational shifts suggest an almost mad or unstable atmosphere, which is indeed confirmed in the “meltdown aria” near the end of the scene. Originally scored for a large contemporary ensemble, this reorchestration was written for Dalhousie Opera's 2015 production and is the composer's preferred instrumentation. A piano-vocal version is also available.

Premiere Information:
5 February 2015, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Dalhousie Opera Studio; Peter Oleskevich, conductor


  • Call Number:
  • MV 7110 S5925box
  • Genre:
  • Staged Vocal Works, Operas, Complete Vocal Score
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • February 19, 2016
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score
    71 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
    Parts page count: 38
    9 parts
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
  • Language Information
  • Language of libretto: English
  • Additional Information:
  • 2 sopr/chor/1000asax/0000/perc/pno/str
    Libretto by Michael Albano
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