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Ausrine Stundyte as Cio-Cio-San, Elizabeth Janes as Butterfly’s child and Sarah Larsen as Suzuki in Seattle Opera's production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Photo by Elise Bakketun.
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John Musto
Mark Campbell
Michael Barrett (conductor)
Leon Major (stage director)
March 10, 2004
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
In Venice, Volpone (the Fox) feigns a fatal illness and, with his clever servant, Mosca (the Fly), bilks a trio of avian predators - Voltore, Corvina, and Corbaccio - out of their fortunes by pretending each has been named his heir. The scheme has worked smoothly and very profitably, and Volpone and Mosca are set to flee for Genoa that very evening. But then Volpone begins to lust for Corbaccio's young wife, Celia, Corvina's son Bonario learns of his mother's plan to name Volpone as her heir, and Erminella (the Ermine), a woman with many secrets, arrives in Venice in search of the infant son she left behind thirty years earlier. Through a manic series of plot twists and role reversals, Volpone and Mosca barely escape the law, and make their boat for Genoa in the nick of time.
Volpone (the fox): Bass-bar
Mosca (the fly): Ten
Voltore (the vulture): Bar
Corvina (the raven): Sop
Cornaccio (the crow): Ten
Bonario: Ten
Celia: Sop
Erminella: Mezzo
Castrato/Judge 1: Sop
Epicene/Prison Matron: Mezzo
Nano/Judge 3: Bass
Judge 2/Police Captain: Bar
2 Policemen: non-singing roles
2 fl(picc), ob(Eng Hrn), 2 cl(bcl), 2 bsn(cbsn) - 2 hrn - 2 perc - str
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