Composer: John Musto
Librettist: Mark Campbell
Librettist Bio: Mark Campbell is one of the most in-demand and prolific librettists in the world. Of the 15 plus operas he has written, his most-known work is Silent Night, which received the 2012 Pulitzer for Music. Since its premiere at Minnesota Opera, the work has been broadcast on PBS' Great Performances and produced by many opera companies across the country. Mark's other successful operas are Later the Same Evening, Volpone, Bastianello/Lucrezia, As One, The Manchurian Candidate and, most recently, The Shining.

Campbell has received many prestigious prizes, including a Grammy nomination, the first Kleban Foundation Award for Lyricist, two Richard Rodgers Awards, a Jonathan Larson Foundation Award, a NYFA Playwriting Fellowship and the first Domenic J. Pellicciotti Opera Composition Prize.

Campbell also mentors future generations of writers through such organizations as American Opera Projects, American Lyric Theatrer, the University of Colorado's New Opera Workshop and Opera Philadelphia's Composer in Residence program.

He is premiering five new operas in 2017: Dinner at Eight for Minnesota Opera, Some Light Emerges for Houston Grand Opera, The Nefarious, Immoral Enterprise of Messrs. Burke & Hare for Boston Lyric Opera, Elizabeth Cree for Opera Philadelphia and The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs for The Santa Fe Opera.
Other Artistic Personnel: Michael Barrett (conductor)
Leon Major (stage director)
Premiere Date: March 10, 2004
Producing Company: Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
Description: 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.
Character List (Major): 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
Character List (Minor): Castrato/Judge 1: Sop
Epicene/Prison Matron: Mezzo
Nano/Judge 3: Bass
Judge 2/Police Captain: Bar
Bit Parts: 2 Policemen: non-singing roles
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Length: 02:00
Total Acts: 2
Orchestration: 2 fl(picc), ob(Eng Hrn), 2 cl(bcl), 2 bsn(cbsn) - 2 hrn - 2 perc - str
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