The Music Shop

Richard Wargo


In this brilliant comedy, a meek husband desperately searches a music shop for a song requested by his wife. But if only he could remember the title or the tune of the song! His Wagnerian wife appears in a series of hilarious hallucinations during his mad scramble through the ill-fated music shop. Performed and directed by the Vancouver Opera Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program participants.

Digital Premiere:

Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 7:30PM


45 minutes

Sung in:

English with English Subtitles



Ms. Martha Lou Henley, C.M.

Alan and Gwendoline Pyatt Foundation

Yoshiko Karasawa


Signe Jurcic


Mike & Kathy Gallagher


A mild-mannered man comes to the music shop on an urgent mission–to purchase music for a song that his wife has been requested to sing at the wedding of the prince. Unfortunately, he cannot remember the title or the tune. What ensues are hallucinations of the rage of his Wagnerian soprano wife, his own unhappy fate when he returns empty-handed and a mad scramble through the entire stock of ‘the largest collection of music in all of Russia’ in a desperate attempt to recognise the requested melody in the ill-fated music shop.


Music and Libretto by Richard Wargo
From A Chekhov Trilogy

Richard Wargo is a native of Scranton, PA and a graduate of the Eastman School of Music. His opera Ballymore, based on Brian Friel’s play “Lovers”, was premiered in 1999 while he was serving as composer-in-residence at Skylight Opera Theatre in Milwaukee and was recorded for PBS. Wargo’s A Chekhov Trilogy consisting of three one-act operas was premiered by Chautauqua Opera in 1993 and since then has received numerous performances, including a recent production of the Trilogy’s third segment “The Music Shop” at Juilliard, conducted by Maestro Osgood. During the summer months, Wargo serves as curator of the Sembrich Opera Museum in Bolton Landing on Lake George, NY.

Cast & Creative

Featuring the 2020-2021 Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists

Jonelle Sills


Amanda Weatherall


Ian Cleary


Luka Kawabata


Amy Seulky Lee


Dana Fradkin

Stage Director

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