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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

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.
Abbreviations (PDF).


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



World Premiere
4/12/1985
Ordway Music Theatre, St. Paul, MN
Arthur Masella, director
Conductor: Scott Bergeson
Company: Minnesota Opera / Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Roles

CASANOVABaritone
LORENZOBaritone
MARQUIS DE LISLETenor
GABRIELLELyric Tenor
BUSINELLOBass-Baritone
BELLINOMezzo-Soprano
MADAME d'URFÉContralto
GiulietaSoprano
MARCANTONIOTreble or Soprano
Lady whose purse is stolenSoprano
DirceaSoprano
CherintoSoprano
Madame d'Urfé's servantSoprano
Girl in Casanova's bedSoprano
Matron in Casanova's bedSoprano
A VendorAlto
TimanteAlto
MatusioAlto
Gianpaolo (the Marquis' boyfriend)Alto
Young woman in Casanova's bedAlto
Young girl of Marcantonio's ageAlto
A charlatanTenor
DemafoonteTenor
Junior police officerTenor
Two guardstenors
1st Inquisitor who is also PulcinelloTenor
A montebankBass
Chief of PoliceBass
Two guardsBasses
2nd Inquisitor who is also TartagliaBass
3rd Inquisitor who is also the Spanish CaptainBass


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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