Raving Beauty (Fl/Clo/Hp and Voice)
Score and Parts(PDF)
"Raving Beauty" is a song cycle based on the life of Mercedes De Acosta, a socialite who had no choice but to hide her lesbian desires. The song cycle explores Acosta's relationships with the women in her life, including actress Greta Garbo, dancer Isadora Duncan, and Acosta's sister, the fashion icon Rita Lydig. The Rosenbach's Mercedes de Acosta collection, includes letters, photographs, and ephemera relating to cinema and lesbian history. A famed poet, playwright and socialite, Acosta was a prominent ﬁgure in early 20th century gay society, known for her numerous affairs with Hollywood's elite.