Inferno of Dante — Canto V
Composer: Patrick Soluri
Librettist: John Ciardi
Other Artistic Personnel: Steven Osgood (Conductor)
Susan Caldwell Nelson (Musical Preparation/Pianist)
Original Cast: Matthew Chellis (Virgil the Poet)
Charles Robert Stephens (Dante the Pilgrim)
Wynn Harmon (Dante the Poet)
Caroline Worra (Francesca)
Tamara Haskin (Semiramis/ Dido/ Cleopatra/ Helen/ Offstage Voice)
Scott Altman (Achilles/ Minos/ Paris/ Tristan)
New York City Opera Orchestra.
Premiere Date: May 07, 2003
Producing Company: New York City Opera
Description: Leaving Limbo, Dante and Virgil enter the Second Circle of Hell. They confront Minos, the demonic judge. After a brief altercation, they pass entering a dark space holding the Lustful. Those eternally tossed about by storms include Dido, Helen, and Cleopatra. Intrigued by one embracing couple, Dante calls to Francesca and Paolo. Recounting their love affair and death, Francesca cunningly manipulates their story to show they don't belong in Hell. Seduced by Francesca's story and overcome with pity, Dante faints.
Character List (Major): 2 principal roles
Character List (Minor): 7 secondary roles
Bit Parts: Speaker
Length: 00:20
Total Acts: Not Available
Chorus: Optional Chorus
Orchestration: large orchestra
Musical Style: Lyrical, mostly tonal, quasi neo-romantic.
Contact: Patrick Soluri
Address: 1 West 100th St. #4C
New York, NY 10025
E-mail Address: patrick@soluri.com
Phone: 212-864-4747 or 917-586-6758
Composer Web Site: http://www.patricksoluri.com
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