The Merchant and the Pauper
Composer: Paul Schoenfield
Librettist: Margaret B. Stearns
Other Artistic Personnel: Mark Lamos, Director and Dramaturge; John DeMain, Conductor; Andrew Lieberman, Scenic Designer; Constance Hoffman, Costume Designer
Original Cast: Spiro Malas (Narrator); Madeline Bender (Beauty); Marcus DeLoach (baritone), Julia Ann Wolf (Pauper's wife); Thomas Barrett (the Merchant); Thomas Trotter (the Pauper); Yakov Zamir (the Pirate)
Premiere Date: June 17, 1999
Producing Company: Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Description: The story is a multifaceted allegory of the rescue of the Jews from Egypt and the coming of the Messiah, but on the surface it is a magical tale reminiscent of THE MAGIC FLUTE. When the pauper's wife is kidnapped and the merchant brings her home, their virtue survives a series of trials and they are rewarded with children: he with a son and she with a daughter, who is the most beautiful child ever seen on earth. The two young people are promised to each other, but torn apart when the pauper becomes an emperor, a pirate kidnaps his daughter, and the merchant's son is exiled to an exotic island—but they are united at last to rule the world.
Length: full-length
Total Acts: 2
Contact: Opera Theatre of St. Louis
Address: P.O. Box 191910
Saint Louis, MO 63119-7910
Phone: 314-961-0171
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The Merchant and the Pauper (Schoenfield)
Thursday, June 17, 1999 - Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
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