The Biddle Boys and Mrs. Soffel – a lyric opera in three acts


“[S]uperb ... more successful compositionally ... than many new works seen at major opera houses.”

- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“[T]here was no more important concert in Pittsburgh in 2001 than this opera[.] ... You don't have to be a socialist to see that art that connects with people is a good idea, and composer Jeremy Beck created an accessible and at times powerful score."


- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
("The Best of 2001")

Based on a tragic love story from the early twentieth century in Pittsburgh, this lyric opera is scored for a large cast and chorus with chamber accompaniment.The Biddle Boys and Mrs. Soffel was commissioned by the Tuesday Musical Club of Pittsburgh (TMC) and produced by TMC June 15-17, 2001. The principal singers were Lorriana Markovic (Kate); Brent Stater (Ed); Patricia Donahue (Margaret); Robert Frankenberry (John); Stephen Schall (Peter); Ja-Nae Duane (Jenny); and Richard Teaster (Detective McGovern).

"The Biddle Boys and Mrs. Soffel" (Pittsburgh - June, 2001)

“The Biddle Boys and Mrs. Soffel” (Pittsburgh – June, 2001)









The production staff included Michele Gray-Schaffer (producer & costume designer); Roger Zahab (conductor); Helen M. Meade (stage director);
John Moyer (musical director); Stephanie Miller (set designer);
Chris Howard (lighting designer); and Mary Beth Glasgow (violin).

3 sopranos, 2 mezzos, 3 tenors, 7 baritones, 1 bass-baritone, 2 basses; SSATB chorus; 3 children (non-singing); vln; pno [certain parts taken from chorus]
Date completed:
ca. 2 hours
Libretto by the composer, based on contemporary newspaper accounts
PDF Score:
"The Biddle Boys & Mrs. Soffel" - libretto

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