Twelfth Night
Composer: David Amram
Librettist: Joseph Papp
Other Artistic Personnel: Paul Calloway, Conductor; Adelaide Bishop, Stage Director; Allen Edward Klein, Scenic Designer; Budd Hill, Costume Designer; Patricia Collins, Lighting Designer
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
Premiere Date: August 01, 1968
Producing Company: Lake George Opera Festival
Description: 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.
Reviews: Opera, 10-86; The New York Times, Bernard Holland, 6-29-86; Opera News, 6-81; Main Line Times (PA), Michael Caruso, 4-9-81; The Bulletin (PA), Tom DiNardo, 4-5-81; Philadelphia Inquirer, Daniel Webster, 4-4-81; The New York Times, Allen Hughes, 8-5-68.
Length: 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.
Contact: C.F. Peters; vocal score available from American Music Center
Phone: 212-686-4147
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