Queen of Sheba

Oct 18, 2013

Ottorino Respighi

            A 1932 ballet by Ottorino Respighi entitled Queen of Sheba recounts the tale of her visit to King Solomon, and was quite a grand affair. 

In addition to the orchestra, an offstage band and chorus, a wind machine, narrator, tenor, and a sitar and other exotic instruments were added. 

The cast featured nearly a thousand performers.  There were, however, only eleven performances.  I wonder why?