Shalimar the Clown
Composer: Jack Perla
Librettist: Rajiv Joseph
Original Cast: Sean Panikkar
Katherine Goeldner
Premiere Date: June 11, 2016
Description:  Shalimar the Clown tells the story of Shalimar and his beloved Boonyi, who have grown up together in a pastoral Kashmiri village, making people laugh as acrobats and dancers in a traditional folk theater. Though one is Muslim and one is Hindu, they fall in love – and despite all odds, their village embraces their marriage. But when a new American ambassador sees Boonyi dance, dark clouds gather. The promise of a new life tears their love apart and sends Shalimar down a path of revenge.

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Character List (Major): Boonyi Kaul / India Ophuls         lyric soprano
Shalimar                                          tenor                                 
Max  Ophals, ambassador          baritone, bass baritone
Peggy Ophuls                                 mezzo soprano
Bulbul Fakh, the Iron Mullah      bass, bass baritone (higher)
Abdullah Sher Noman                  bass, bass baritone  (lower)
Firdaus Noman                                            contralto, mezzo soprano
Payraleyl                                         lyric baritone
Gopinath (teacher)                       tenor
Zahir                                                lyric baritone (high)
Bombur Yarmbazal                       bass baritone
Clumsy God                                    bass
Giant                                                bass
Two Brothers                                 tenors
Comments: 2015 Recipient of Opera America Audience Development Grant.

Shalimar the Clown will be the first installment in a cycle of new works presented by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis following a $750,000 grant from the Whitaker Foundation and a $1,000,000 Challenge Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

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Length: 02:15
Total Acts: 2
Orchestration:
2 Flutes (2nd dbl picc)                                                                
2 Oboes  (2nd dbl. cor anglais)                                                                 
2 Clarinets (2nd dbl bs clar.)                                                                    
2 Bassoons (2nd dbl. contra)                                                                    
                                                                        
4 Horns                                                           
2 Trumpets                                                                   
2 Trombones (2nd IS bs trombone)                                                                       
1 Tuba                                                             
                                                                        
1 Timpani                                                                      
2  Percussion                                                                 
1 Piano/Celeste
                                                          
3  Specialty East Indian Instruments (tabla,               sitar, bansuri)                                                 
                                                                        
Strings                  
Contact: Not Available
Composer Web Site: http://jackperla.com/
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