Merlin’s Island and The Emperor of Atlantis

Merlin’s Island and The Emperor of Atlantis
Oct 01, 2017

These two one-act operas were presented at The Barns at Wolf Trap in June of 2019. The title for the evening was The World Turned Upside Down.

MERLIN’S ISLAND

Music by Christoph Willibald Gluck
Libretto by Louis Anseaume, based on Lesage and D’Orneval’s Le monde renversé

A NEW PRODUCTION
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Two Parisians are shipwrecked on an island paradise where the rich marry the poor, lawyers are always honest, spouses are always faithful, and artists are wealthier than businessmen. Heaven? Not quite. A takeoff on 18th century French vaudeville, Merlin’s Island is brimming with inspired music, beautiful ensembles, and heartwarming characters.

CAST
in order of vocal appearance

Merlin – Conor McDonald
Pierrot – Ben Edquist
Scapin – Daniel Noyola
Argentine – Shannon Jennings
Diamantine – Niru Liu
Hippocratine – Megan Esther Grey
Prud’homme – Wilford Kelly*
Hanif – Bradley Bickhardt*
Zerbin – Justin Burgess*

*Studio Artist

THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS

Music by Viktor Ullmann
Libretto by Peter Kien

A NEW PRODUCTION
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A mad emperor declares universal war against everyone and offends Death. The result is a chaotic world in which the living no longer laugh, the dying no longer die, and life and death have lost their meaning. This daring satire was written while Ullmann was interned in the Nazis’ Terezín ghetto and examines the arrogance of unstoppable power and humanity’s resilience. This controversial and brilliant opera is full of humor and poignancy, with music that ranges from blues and German folk tunes to a Bach chorale.

CAST
in order of vocal appearance

Emperor Overall – Ben Edquist
Death – Anthony Robin Schneider
Harlekin – Joshua Blue
Loudspeaker – Daniel Noyola
Drummer – Megan Esther Grey
Soldier – Victor Cardamone*
Girl with the Bobbed-Hair – Shannon Jennings

*Studio Artist

CREATIVE TEAM

Conductor – Geoffrey McDonald
Director – Richard Gammon
Choreographer – Elizabeth Coker
Scenic Designer – Julia Noulin-Mérat
Costume Designer – Jonathan Knipscher
Lighting Designer – Robert H. Grimes
Wig & Makeup Designer – Anne Nesmith

MUSIC AND PRODUCTION STAFF

Cover Conductor – Andrew Crooks
Musical Preparation – Andrew Crooks, James Maverick
French Coach – Jocelyn Dueck
Assistant Director – kt shorb
Production Stage Manager – Madeline Levy
Assistant Stage Manager – Savannah Valigura
Supertitle Coordinator – Thomas Morris

Make-Up Provided By M•A•C

Dan and Gayle D’Aniello
2019 Wolf Trap Opera Season Underwriters

Ed and Andy Smith
2019 Performance Sponsors

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