Casanova's Homecoming
Composer: Dominick Argento
Librettist: Dominick Argento
Other Artistic Personnel: Arthur Masella (Director)
Scott Bergeson (Conductor)
Original Cast: Vern Sutton (Lorenzo )
Kris Root (Marcantonio)
Julian Patrick (Casanova)
Stanley Wexler (Businello)
Carol Gutknecht (Giuletta)
Michele McBride (Barbara)
Mark Jackson (Gabrielle)
Douglas Perry (Marquis De Lisle)
Susanne Marsee (Bellino/Teresa)
Elaine Bonazzi (Madame d'Urfé)
Premiere Date: April 12, 1985
Producing Company: The Minnesota Opera
Description: A hoax is played on Casanova when the 49-year-old lover returns to Venice 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 practioner of the occult, whose greatest desire is to be reborn as a male. Casanova swindles the old lady out of her money and she dies as a result of a nocturnal escapade, but Casanova's cleverness clears him of all wrongdoing.
Character List (Major): Casanova(bar)
Lorenzo(bar)
Marquis de Lisle(t)
Bellino(mz)
Madame d'Urfe(cont)
Character List (Minor): Gabrielle(lyr t)
Businello(b-bar)
Giulieta(s)
Marcantonio(s or treble)
Bit Parts: Lady whose purse is stolen(s)
Dircea(s)
Cherinto(s)
Madame d'Urfe's servant(s)
Girl in Casanova's bed(s)
Matron in Casanova's bed(s)
A Vendor(a)
Timante(a)
Matusio(a)
Gianpaolo(a)
Young woman in Casanova's bed(a)
Young girl of Marcantonio's age(a)
A charlatan(t)
Demafoonte(t)
Junior police officer(t)
Two guards(t)
1st Inquisitor also Pulcinello(t)
A montebank(b)
Chief of Police(b)
2 guards(b)
2nd Inquisitor also Tartaglia(b)
3rd Inquisitor also Spanish Captain(b)
Reviews: NEW PRODUCTION OF ARGENTO'S 'CASANOVA' - The New York Times 11/10/85

The New York Times, Donal Henahan, 11-3-85; The New York Times, Heidi Waleson, 10-27-85; Opera News, Robert Jacobson, July 1985; The Village Voice, Leighton Kerner, 5-7-85; Dayton Daily News, Betty Dietz Krebs, 4-21-85; St. Paul Pioneer Press-Dispatch, Roy M. Close, 4-14-85; Minneapolis Star and Tribune, Michael Anthony, 4-15-85
Video Clip:
Length: 02:14
Total Acts: 3
Chorus: SATB Chorus
Orchestration: 2 fl(picc), 2 ob(Eng Hrn), 2 cl(bcl), 2 bsn - 2 hrn, 2 tpt, 1 tbn, 1 tba - timp, 2 perc(tpl bl, tam-t, hand syms, 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) - hp - hpd(cel) - str
Musical Style: Tonal; richly melodic; elements of Venetian operatic language combined with the composer's own conservative, mildly dissonant music; elegantly orchestrated; well written for the voice; arias, trios, ensemble pieces.
Contact: Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.
E-mail Address: bhsales@ny.boosey.com
Phone: 212-358-5300
Publisher Web Site: http://www.boosey.com
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Casanova's Homecoming (Argento)
Saturday, November 14, 2009 - Minnesota Opera
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