Beatrix Cenci
Composer: Alberto Ginastera
Librettist: William Shand
Other Artistic Personnel: Gerald Freedman (Director)
Original Cast: Beatrix Cenci (s)
Count Francesco Cenci, Beatrix's Father (bar)
Lucrecia, Beatrix's step-mother (mz)
Bernardo, Beatrix's brother (s)
Giacomo, Beatrix's brother (bar)
Orsino, a prelate (t)
Work Web Site: www.boosey.com/pages/opera/moreDetails.asp?musicID
Premiere Date: September 10, 1971
Producing Company: Opera Society of Washington
Description: Count Francesco Cenci, hated by the people and feared by his daughter Beatrix and his second wife Lucrecia, arranges a masked ball at which he intends to celebrate the death of his two sons. Beatrix seeks escape by sending a letter to the Pope with her former suitor, Orsino, who has taken Holy Orders, but Orsino tears up the letter. Dismayed at what the Count is celebrating, the guests leave despite the wishes of Beatrix, who is terrified to be left alone with her insane father. Orsino arrives, lies about delivering the letter, and claims that the Pope has rejected her plea. He leaves Beatrix to be raped by her father. In exile, Beatrix is persuaded by her older brother Giacomo to kill her father; she consents and hires two assassins, Olimpio and Marzio. Lucrecia gives Cenci a sleeping potion and delivers him to the assassins. They mortally stab the Count and hide his body. Months later, Orsino announces that the Count’s body has been found, one of the assassins has been killed, and the other has confessed. Beatrix is arrested, bound, and tortured. She is then executed at the scaffold.
Character List (Major): Beatrix Cenci (s)
Count Francesco Cenci, Beatrix's Father (bar)
Lucrecia, Beatrix's step-mother (mz)
Bernardo, Beatrix's brother (s)
Giacomo, Beatrix's brother (bar)
Orsino, a prelate (t)
Character List (Minor): Andrea, the Count's servant (b)
Olimpio, an assasin (speaking)
Marzio, an assasin (speaking)
A Guard (b)
1st Guest (t)
2nd Guest (t)
3rd Guest (b)
Bit Parts: Messenger (bar)
Pier Francesco, Girolamo, Maerbale as children (child speakers)
Abul, Slave of Pier Francesco (mime)
Skeleton (dancer)
Length: 01:30
Total Acts: 2
Chorus: Prelates, Courtiers, Pages, Servants, Astrologers
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