The Tempest
Composer: Lee Hoiby
Librettist: Mark Shulgasser
Other Artistic Personnel: Robert L. Larsen (Conductor/Stage Director)
Tony Norrenbrock (Set Designer)
Jonathan G. Terry (Lighting Designer)
Original Cast: Constance Hauman (Ariel)
Peter Van Derick (Prospero)
Carol Sparrow (Miranda)
Jacque Trussel (Caliban)
Kenneth Shaw (Ferdinand)
Premiere Date: June 21, 1986
Producing Company: Des Moines Metro Opera
Description: The opera tells the story of Shakespeare's The Tempest, albeit in a reduced version: Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan, has been ousted from his throne and set adrift on the sea with his daughter, Miranda. The two land on a mystical deserted island and are served by various spirits, including Ariel and Caliban, a misshapen monster. Prospero uses his magical powers to create a storm, causing the shipwreck of the King of Naples and his son, Ferdinand, who thinks he is the sole survivor. Miranda and Ferdinand meet and fall in love. Ariel torments the King into seeing the error of his cruel ways and is reconciled to his son and Prospero. The ship magically reappears, and all prepare to leave the island. Caliban remains as the island's sole inhabitant.
Character List (Major): Prospero (bar)
Miranda (s)
Ariel (s)
Caliban (t)
Ferdinand (bar)
Gonzalo (t)
Alonso (b)
Character List (Minor): Trinculo (bar)
Stephano (b)
Sebastian (bar)
Antonio (bar)
Iris (s)
Ceres (mz)
Juno (con)
Bit Parts: 6 Courtiers (2 t, 4 bar)
Soprano Solo (s)
Reviews: Opera Canada, Ruby Mercer, Winter 1986; Opera News, 11-86; The New York Times, John Rockwell, 7-12-86; The Christian Science Monitor, Thor Eckert, Jr., 7-2-86; The New York Times, Bernard Holland, 6-15-86.
Length: 02:10
Total Acts: 3
Chorus: SSAATTBB Men's and Women's Choruses (AGMA minimum 32)
Orchestration: 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bsn - 4 hrn, 2 tpt, 2 tbn, 1 tba - timp, perc - hp, pf - str
Musical Style: Tonal and post-Romantic idiom; contains preludes, duos, trios, large ensembles, and lyrical arias; through-composed.
Contact: G. Schirmer, Inc.
Address: 257 Park Avenue South, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10010
E-mail Address:
Phone: 212-254-2100
Publisher Web Site:
Schedule of Performances Listings
The Tempest (Hoiby)
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - Metropolitan Opera
The Tempest (Adès)
Saturday, July 29, 2006 - Santa Fe Opera
The Tempest (Hoiby)
Thursday, February 12, 2004 - Pacific Opera Victoria
The Tempest (Hoiby)
Friday, November 22, 1996 - Dallas Opera
330 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001
Tel: 212.796.8620 • Fax: 212.796.8621

Privacy PolicyReturns Policy
2014 Form 990FY15 Audited Financial Statement
© Copyright 1995-2016 OPERA America Inc.

Technical issue with the website? Let us know.