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Casanova's Homecoming

Photo: The Minnesota Opera

World Premiere: The Minnesota Opera and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, 1985.

Argento, Dominick

Casanova's Homecoming (1984)

Duration: 134 minutes

Opera in three acts


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Libretto by the composer, based on `L'histoire de ma vie' by Jacques Casanova (E,G)


Scoring

Major roles: M,A,T,2Bar; minor roles: lyrS,2S,lyrT,BBar 2(II=picc).2(II=corA).2(II=bcl).2-2.2.1.1-timp.perc(2):tpl.bl/tam-t/ hand cyms/tgl/maracas/glsp/susp.cym/wind chimes/crot/tamb/bell tree/ SD/TD/BD/vib/t.bells/bell in A/high and low brake drums-harp- hpd(=cel)-strings

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Territory

This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.


World Premiere
12/04/1985
Ordway Music Theatre, St. Paul, MN
Arthur Masella, director
Conductor: Scott Bergeson
Company: Minnesota Opera / Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra


Roles

CASANOVA Baritone
LORENZO Baritone
MARQUIS DE LISLE Tenor
GABRIELLE Lyric Tenor
BUSINELLO Bass-Baritone
BELLINO Mezzo-Soprano
MADAME d'URFÉ Contralto
Giulieta Soprano
MARCANTONIO Treble or Soprano
Lady whose purse is stolen Soprano
Dircea Soprano
Cherinto Soprano
Madame d'Urfé's servant Soprano
Girl in Casanova's bed Soprano
Matron in Casanova's bed Soprano
A Vendor Alto
Timante Alto
Matusio Alto
Gianpaolo (the Marquis' boyfriend) Alto
Young woman in Casanova's bed Alto
Young girl of Marcantonio's age Alto
A charlatan Tenor
Demafoonte Tenor
Junior police officer Tenor
Two guards tenors
1st Inquisitor who is also Pulcinello Tenor
A montebank Bass
Chief of Police Bass
Two guards Basses
2nd Inquisitor who is also Tartaglia Bass
3rd Inquisitor who is also the Spanish Captain Bass

Time and Place

The first week of Carnival Season, 1774- Venice, Italy


Synopsis

A hoax is played on Casanova when the 49-year-old lover returns to Venice during Carnival, after 18 years in exile. The whole town is delighted to learn that he has been trapped into seducing an opera singer whom the public knows as Bellino, a castrato in female dress. However, as Casanova comes to know Bellino, he realizes that the singer is actually a female singer named Teresa masquerading as a male to promote her own opera career. Casanova then proceeds to turn the hoax to his advantage. He enlists the help of Teresa in fooling Madame d’Urfé, a wealthy and eccentric practitioner of the occult, whose greatest desire is to be reborn as a male. Using his renown as a sorcerer, Casanova swindles the old lady out of her money and she dies as a result of the scheme.  Casanova's cleverness, along with his reputation, clears him of all wrongdoing.


Moods

Comic, Romantic


Subjects

Relationships, Society




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