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Wolf Trap Opera Presents "Bastianello"

Wolf Trap Opera Offers Free Online Streaming of 2017 production of "bastianello"

This modern retelling of an Italian folktale tickles the funny bone and warms the heart. After a wedding debacle, a young husband sets out to find people who are greater fools than his own family.

Music by John Musto
Libretto by Mark Campbell

Bastianello is an opera about marriage; every episode shows us different stages of married life, mostly in tatters. The story begins with narration by a young man in a tree, outside of Luciano’s farmhouse. He tells of a wedding, 20 years earlier, when the bride Amadora goes downstairs to bring up more wine for her celebratory dinner. Once she has opened the cask, her elation turns to depression as she realizes that this is the happiest moment of her life – and that everything will henceforth go downhill.  Soon the whole family is in tears; when her new husband Luciano finds them, he explodes in rage and deserts his wife on their wedding night.

Luciano vows that he will only return after he finds six people as foolish as his family.  He visits a hapless couple in another small farmhouse, another bride and groom outside the gate of a nearby village, and an elderly man near a lake. A she racks up his tally of fools and the comedy escalates, he is led to a surprising conclusion.

In order of appearance

Bastianello, LambentJonas Hacker
Bastianello the Elder, Frediano, Ippolito, LinoShea Owens
Ortensia, Ettalina, EustaciaSummer Hassan
LucianoRichard Ollarsaba
Amadora, Stelladora – Zoie Reams


Conductor – Lidiya Yankovskaya
Director – R.B. Schlather
Scenic & Costume Designer – Blake Palmer
Lighting Designer – Robert H. Grimes
Wig & Makeup Designer – Anne Nesmith


Musical Preparation – David Hanlon, Joseph Li, K. Annie Brooks
Assistant Director – Marcus Shields
Production Stage Manager – Michael Janney
Assistant Stage Manager – Sarah Johnson
Supertitle Coordinator – Lindsay Woodward

Dan and Gayle D’Aniello
2017 Wolf Trap Opera Season Underwriters

Ed and Andy Smith
2017 Performance Sponsors

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