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Mario and the Magician
Composer:Francis Thorne
Librettist:J.D. McClatchy
In this Faustian story, set in Fascist Italy, the sinister magician Cipolla causes hotel guests and local folk to perform embarrassing acts and draws even the worldly Herr Dorn, who considers Cipolla a fake, under his spell. The lowly Mario, a waiter who has been similarly hupnotized, breaks the spell and shoots the magician.

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Center for Contemporary OperaMario and the Magician4/1/2005 - 4/30/2005

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Musical Style
Pungent scoring; vivid choral and ensemble writing; extended passages of uninterrupted music; lyrical lines

Vocal & Musical Forces
Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, 2 percussion, accordion, harp, piano; 8 sopranos, 2 mezzo-sopranos, 11 tenors, 5 baritones, 2 bass-baritones, 2 basses, others

Original Cast
Original Cast: Stefan, Theodore Baerg; Martha, Marcia Swanston; Franzl, Matthew Elek; Klara, Laura Bertram; Mario, Benoit Boutet; The Hotel Porter, Stephen McClare; The Head Waiter, Gordon MacLeod; The Hotel Manager, Russell Braun; The Hotel Doctor, Matthew Thomas; Silvestra, Monica Whicher; The Principe/Old Fisherman, William Bowen; The Principessa/Old Fisherwoman, Wendy Nielsen; The English Governess, Adreana Braun; The Man in the Bowler Hat, Blaine Hendsbee; A Roman Gentleman, John Avey; A Florentine Colonel, Cornelis Opthof; Maso, Sanford Riley; Lisetta, Bronwen Low; Maso and Lisetta's Mother, Gaynor Jones; Maso and Lisetta's Father, John Nieboer; Tonio, Elliott Bryant; Tonio's Father, Craig Ashton; Fuggiero, Patrick Torcat; Fuggiero's Mother, Kathleen Brett; The Lady from the Bus, Anne McWatt; The Elderly Man from the Bus, Gordon Cowan; The Young Wife from the Bus, Avalee Beckman; The Young Husband from the Bus, Robert Dirstein; The Pedlar, John Kriter; A Taxi Driver, Andr‚ Clouthier; Signora Angiolieri, Heather Thomson; Signor Angiolieri, Martin Spencer; Neopolitan Tourist, Lenard Whiting; Neapolitan Tourist's Wife, Kathryn Domoney; Municipio Official/Crier, James Patterson; Cipolla, David Rampy

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