The Face on the Barroom Floor: The Poem, the Place, the Opera (2013)

The story of a strange ballad poem written in 1887 which became a unusual portrait on the barroom floor in a quaint former boomtown in Colorado and became the inspiration for one of the most performed modern American operas in history


Lawrence Kraman


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Mollicone Henry Mollicone ... Himself
Catherine O'Rourke Catherine O'Rourke ... Madeline
Patrick O'Halloran Patrick O'Halloran
Nathan Milholin Nathan Milholin
Julius Rudel Julius Rudel ... Himself
Frederica von Stade Frederica von Stade ... Herself
Gunther Schuller Gunther Schuller ... Himself
David Del Tredici David Del Tredici ... Himself
Erie Mills Erie Mills ... Herself
Pelham Pearce Pelham Pearce ... Himself
John Moriarty John Moriarty ... Himself
Dave Forsyth Dave Forsyth ... Himself
Sheldon Harnick Sheldon Harnick ... Himself
John Bowman John Bowman ... Himself
Marc Astafan Marc Astafan ... Himself


Interview with Classical music legends, Julius Rudel, Gunther Schuller, Sheldon Harnick and Frederica von Stade along with glimpses into the workings of one of the oldest Opera festivals in the USA, along with an insight into the history of Central City, once the center of the gold rush in Colorado and now a gambling mecca and the largest historical restoration in Colorado all lead to the full performance of a compact gem of a perfect American Chamber Opera... The Face On The Barroom Floor, composed by Henry Mollicone with a libretto by John Bowman. Written by Lawrence Kraman

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The Poem, The Place... The OPERA





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Release Date:

12 July 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$150,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Newport Classic See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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