August 1, 1968 | Opera Saratoga
Twelfth Night
Composer:David Amram
Librettist:Joseph Papp
Synopsis
The familiar Shakespeare comedy of mistaken identities: Olivia falls in love with Viola, disguised as a boy, and eventually accepts her brother, Sebastian, rescued from a shipwreck. Viola, meanwhile, is in love with Orsino, who is wooing Olivia, but turns his affection to a stranger. The action is further complicated by the intrigues of the comic figures, Sir Andrew Aguecheek and Sir Toby Belch, and by the pretensions of Viola's steward, Malvolio.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
02:30

Musical Style
Set pieces, lyrical, melodic, sometimes tart instrumental colors; some influence from the modal sound of the American school; melodic shapes of Elizabethan music.

Vocal & Musical Forces
Flute, English horn, clarinet, bassoon, 2 horns, trumpet, trombone, timpani, 2 percussion, strings; two sopranos, one mezzo-soprano, four tenors, two bass-baritones, three baritones, one bass.

Original Cast
Original cast: Viola: Marcia Baldwin; Olivia: Carolyn Heafner; Orsino: Sean Barker; Sir Toby Belch: Robert Falk; Feste: William Brown; Sir Andrew Aguecheek: Richard Levitt; including: Conrad L. Osborne, Martha Williford, Richard Allen


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