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Casanova's Homecoming
Dominick Argento
Dominick Argento
Arthur Masella (Director)
Scott Bergeson (Conductor)
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)
April 12, 1985
The Minnesota Opera
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.
Marquis de Lisle(t)
Madame d'Urfe(cont)
Gabrielle(lyr t)
Marcantonio(s or treble)
Lady whose purse is stolen(s)
Madame d'Urfe's servant(s)
Girl in Casanova's bed(s)
Matron in Casanova's bed(s)
A Vendor(a)
Young woman in Casanova's bed(a)
Young girl of Marcantonio's age(a)
A charlatan(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)

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
SATB Chorus
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
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.
Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.
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Casanova's Homecoming (Argento)
Saturday, November 14, 2009 - Minnesota Opera

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