June 3, 1905 | Encompass New Opera Theatre
All Are Not Frogs Who Gape for Flies
Composer:Waddy Thompson
Librettist:Waddy Thompson
Synopsis
All Are Not Frogs… is a farce based on the Commedia dell'Arte and the conventions of classical opera. The plot concerns an old man's wooing of his pretty young maid. She, of course, has already set her mind on the capture of the handsome valet, who—in turn—is thoroughly infatuated with a colorful opera singer. Everyone has his/her own scheme to be the victor in this rectangular affaire del coure. The typically convoluted Commedia plot is further complicated when only one of the singers scheduled to perform the opera (Gelsominia) arrives at the theatre. Rather than disappoint the audience, Gelsominia performs all four roles herself, using the Commedia masks and a trunkfull of props in a tour de force for the soprano.

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Musical Style
eclectic – pastiche of 18th and 19th century styles combined with some sections of mildly dissonant tonality

Vocal & Musical Forces
Lyric Soprano; oboe, clarinet; trumpet, trombone; percussion; harpsichord; violin, violoncello, contrabass (an alternate orchestration is available for piano and harpsichord)

Original Cast
Gelsomina, a singer/actress in a Commedia dell'Arte troupe; Columbina, a maid on Pantelone's estate; Arlecchino, Pantelone's valet; Cantarina, an opera singer visiting the estate; Pantelone, an old man; all roles are performed by lyric soprano (b - b2) *In the program, the soprano's own name appears opposite Gelsomina, while anagrams of her name are used for the other characters.


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