The Miraculous Staircase


Composed and orchestrated by Richard Chiarappa

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"The Miraculous Staircase" dramatizes a Santa Fe legend, the Sisters of Loretto, a carpenter, a bishop, a blind girl...and a miracle!

Written by West Hartford Symphony Orchestra Music Conductor Richard Chiarappa, this live recording took place on May 19, 2013.

This charming one-act opera is ideal for college opera and vocal departments. Its premiere took place at Western Connecticut State University by the voice department under the direction of Dr. Maggie Astrup.

CAST (7): Angela (soprano); Mother Elena (mezzo-soprano); Sister Martha (soprano); Sister Pauline (mezzo-soprano); Sister Thomasina (alto); Carpenter (tenor); Bishop Lamy (baritone)

ORCHESTRA (15): Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Two Horns, Timpani, Cymbals/Triangle, Bass Drum, Harp, Two Violins, Viola, Cello, Bass

Royalty, performance and rental fees:

One performance: $650.00

Subsequent performances: $200.00

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The Miraculous Staircase - Individual Tracks
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    1. Prelude and Carpenter's Arrival

    2. Inside the Chapel

    3. Interlude: Nightfall and Morning

    4. Building the Staircase

    5. Sisters Confer

    6. The Teacher and the Guide Duet

    7. Sneaking Around and Carpenter's Exit

    8. Bishop Lamy's Arrival

    9. Angela Reveals the Staircase



     Signed, digital copy of "The Miraculous Staircase" libretto