The Last Savage
Composer: Gian Carlo Menotti
Librettist: Gian Carlo Menotti
Other Artistic Personnel: Andrew Bearepaire (Set & Costume Designer)
Gian Carlo Menotti (Director)
Serge Baudo (Conductor)
Original Cast: Gabriel Bacquier (Abdul)
Mady Mesple (Kitty)
Adriana Maliponte (Sardula)
Michele Mosel (Kodana)
Charles Clavensy (Maharajah)
Solange Michel (Maharanee)
Xavier Depraz (Mr. Scattergood)
Premiere Date: October 22, 1963
Producing Company: Opera-Comique
Description: A Vassar girl goes to India in search of the Abominable Snowman. Her father meets a maharajah and arranges a marriage of convenience between his daughter and the maharajah's son. But the girl is an anthropologist, and she insists upon her savage. Her father offers a peasant $100,000 to play the role, and the ersatz savage allows himself to be packed off to Chicago.

All the vanities of North Shore existence are exposed by the horrified savage—action painting and splintered Christianity, electro-dodecaphonic music and beat poetry, capri pants and cocktail parties. The peasant-savage finally flees to the jungle, having become a no-nonsense savage in the crucible of crumbling society. The girl follows on the wings of love: "Now my unquiet heart is at ease," she sings. "Nothing remains but ourselves and the trees." They seal their defection with a kiss—as native bearers carry the appliances of the fat life into their cave.
Character List (Major): Kitty (s)
Abdul (bar)
Mr. Scattergood (bbar)
Maharajah of Rajaputana (b)
Sardula (s)
Maharani of Rajaputana (con)
Kodanda (t)
Bit Parts: Indian scientist (t)
Indian scientist (t)
American tailor (t)
American tailor (bar)
English tailor (t)
Catholic priest (b)
Protestant minister (bar)
Rabbi (t)
Orthodox priest (t)
Philosopher (bar)
Physician (bar)
Painter (t)
Poet (t)
Composer (bar)
Concert singer (s)
Scientist (t)
Business woman (s)
Major Domo (mute)
Society woman (mz)
Length: Length is not available.
Total Acts: Not Available
Chorus: SATB (AGMA minimum 32)
Contact: G. Schirmer, Inc.
Schedule of Performances Listings
The Last Savage (Menotti)
Saturday, July 23, 2011 - Santa Fe Opera
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