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The Seagull
Composer:Thomas Pasatieri
Librettist:Kenward Elmslie
In this story, set at an estate in the 1890s, the young playwright Constantine is attracted to Nina, who is to perform in his play. Nina becomes drawn to another guest, Trigorin, a famous writer, who is currently the lover of the famous actress irina Arkadina, Constantine's mother. At the same time Masha reveals to Dr. Dom that she loves Constantine. During a picnic, Constantine, angered by Nina's interest in Trigorin, places a dead seagull at her feet and recounts the story of a young girl brought to grief by her lover. Constantine fails in a suicide attempt, and Masha decides to wed the schoolteacher Medvedenko.

Two years pass, and as Constantine has predicted, Trigorin has abandoned Nina. She returns to the estate, revealing that she still loves Trigorin. When she leaves, Constantine destroys his manuscripts and succeeds in killing himself.

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The Cleveland OperaThe Seagull3/1/1993 - 3/20/1993
Oberlin College-Conservatory of MusicThe Seagull3/1/1993 - 3/20/1993

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Musical Style
Lush, romantic score; lyrical, singable melodies

Vocal & Musical Forces
Two flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, 1 tuba, timpani, percussion, harp, strings; 2 sopranos, 2 mezzos, 2 tenors, 3 baritones, bass

Original Cast
Patricia Wells (Masha)
Michael Best (Medvedenko)
Richard Stilwell (Constantine)
David Rae Smith (Sorin)
Frederica von Stade (Nina)
Evelyn Lear (Irina Arkadina)
John Reardon (Boris Trigorin)
Jon Enloe (Shamrayeff)
Dana Krueger (Pauline)
Jack Trussel (Doctor Dorn)

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