Don Imbroglio
Composer: Peter Hilliard
Composer Bio: Peter Hilliard (composer, ASCAP) studied voice with John Shirley-Quirk at the Peabody Conservatory, composition with David Conte and Orchestration with Conrad Susa at the San Francisco Conservatory, and received an MFA in Graduate Musical Theatre Writing at NYU. His choral music has been performed all over the U.S. and by the Berlin Cathedral Choir on their tour of the U.S., and he won the Grand Prize in the 2005 Young New Yorkers Chorus Composition Competition. His 'Song for Saint Cecilia's Day' (SSATB) was recently selected for a reading session by Matthew Glandorf and the Philadelphia Choral Arts Society sponsored by the American Composers Forum. Peter has music-directed extensively on both coasts and Off-Broadway. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife Allison, and their children, Elizabeth, Nicholas, and Jonathan.
Librettist: Matt Boresi
Librettist Bio: Matt Boresi holds an MFA from the NYU Musical Theatre Writing Program and is currently a Theatre Instructor at North Central College in Naperville, IL. He received the Max Dreyfus Award from the ASCAP foundation and is an Illinois Lincoln Laureate. Boresi was an outreach librettist for City Center/Encores!, a contributing lyricist for the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera, and his new singing translation of "Quando M'en Vo'" was featured in Bronx Opera's production of La Boheme. Boresi is an acting and writing instructor for the North Central College Musical Theatre Workshop, the Music Institute of Chicago, and has conducted Master Classes and lectures at the Northwestern University School of Music, the Midwest Young Artists Summer Program, Columbia College, and Self-Employment in the Arts. Matt gives his popular speeches on Time and Career Management to artists across the country and coaches audition technique privately in Chicago with his wife, Northwestern University professor Melissa Foster-Boresi.
Other Artistic Personnel: Jenny Lord (Director)
Steven McGhee (Conductor)
Lee Savage (Scenic and Props Designer)
Camille Assaf (Costume Designer)
Marcus Doshi (Costume Desginer)
Original Cast: Nick Dalton (Dante)
Arielle Doneson (Angelica)
Robert DuSold (Don Imbroglio)
Valerie MacCarthy (Donna)
Raymond Jaramillo McLeod (Joey)
Vale Rideout (Cesar)
Erica Schroeder (Chastity)
Wayne Schroder (Lascivo)
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Premiere Date: September 25, 2005
Producing Company: New York Musical Theatre Festival and Beth Morrison Projects
Description: A comedy, this opera is about the opera and the mob, divas and gangsters, love and pastry, and a requiem for a dead cat. The FBI and IRS have cracked down on Imbroglio's front organization — the non-existent Staten Island Grand Opera — and if he doesn't produce an opera quickly, his entire family will go to jail! After an evening of gun and word play, poisoned cannoli, whacked cats, and slamming doors, the family produces an opera.
Character List (Major): Don Imbroglio - mob boss, opera impresario (bar)
Angelica Imbroglio - his daughter (s)
Donna - the new bride of...(s)
Dante - licentious son of the don (t)
Cesar - hapless tenor (t)
Chastity - Dante's goumada (mz)
Lascivo - the family consigliere (bar)
Joey "No Name" Nero - button man (b)
Figaro - a cat (mute) Protestors, Federal Agents Coro
Reviews: Matthew Murray, Talkin' Broadway; Simon Saltzman, Curtain Up; Mark Blankenship, Variety, 9-25-05; Kenneth Jones,, 8-31-05
Length: 02:15
Total Acts: 2
Chorus: Protestors, Federal Agents
Contact: Peter Hilliard and Matt Boresi
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