September 16, 1966 | Metropolitan Opera
Antony and Cleopatra
Composer:Samuel Barber
Librettist:Franco Zeffirelli
Antony leaves Egypt and his mistress, the Egyptian queen Cleopatra. He returns to Rome and is pressed to marry Octavia, the sister of Caesar. When Antony chooses Cleopatra instead, Caesar declares war and defeats Antony. Antony, hearing that Cleopatra has died with his name on her lips, falls on Eros's sword. An attendant to Cleopatra enters and informs Antony that the queen is still alive. As he dies from his wound, he begs to be taken to Cleopatra, where he bids her farewell. Cleopatra, realizing that she is a captive of Caesar, sends for a poisonous asp, concealed in a basket of figs. She and her two handmaidens die when bitten by the snake.

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Opera PhiladelphiaAntony and Cleopatra3/3/2010 - 3/21/2010
Curtis Institute of MusicAntony and Cleopatra3/3/2010 - 3/21/2010
New York City OperaAntony and Cleopatra1/1/2009 - 1/16/2009
Lyric Opera of ChicagoAntony and Cleopatra9/1/1991 - 10/17/1991

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Musical Style
19th century lyrical with a touch of modern.

Vocal & Musical Forces
8 principals 5 secondary 15 chorus Full orchestra would be good but half that size will do.

Original Cast
Minimally-staged performance (2004): Cleopatra - Kerry Walsh Antony - Gabriel Pezos Enobarbos - Ron Banks Charmen - Diane Stevenett Iris - Gail Lucas Soothsayer - Skip Taylor

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