Company:Canadian Opera Company
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performance datesmatinee
Friday, May 1, 1992
Tuesday, May 19, 1992
Thursday, May 21, 1992
Saturday, May 23, 1992
Tuesday, May 26, 1992
Thursday, May 28, 1992
Saturday, May 30, 1992
Mario and the Magician
Composer: Harry Somers

Librettist: Rod Anderson
Synopsis
Stefan, a novelist, is giving a lecture about totalitarianism. He uses his vacation in Italy the previous summer as an example. Stefan, his wife, and two kids arrive at Torre di Venere, Italy and stay at the Grand Hotel, where a Principe and Principessa occupy the room next to them. They are relegated to eating alone and are ostracized for being foreigners. Stefan's daughter, Klara, begins to cough. This disturbs the Principessa, who requests that Stefan and his family switch rooms due to her fear of contagion from Klara's cough. Stefan decides to switch hotels entirely. The next morning, the family heads off to the beach. An Italian child kicks over Klara's sand castle and she is covered with sand. Rushing to the water to cleanse herself, the Italians are scandalized-Klara has unintentionally defied the new bathing regulations by appearing naked on the beach. Stefan and his family are led off to city hall. Acts II and III are in the hall where Cipolla, the magician, is performing. A variety of tricks are performed and the audience is greatly amused. During the performance, Cipolla asks Klara and her brother, Franzl, to dance onstage with other audience members. Cipolla makes them dance to the fascist anthem. Stefan confronts Cipolla and resists Cipolla's magical hold on the dancers. Mario, a waiter from the Grand Hotel, is called up onstage where he is hypnotized into believing that Cipolla, in the guise of the fair Silvestra, is Mario's secret love. Mario kisses Cipolla-and then, coming to, is overcome with embarrassment. Mario pulls out a gun and shoots Cipolla. Stefan finishes his lecture.

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