Music by Michael Dellaira
Libretto by J. D. McClatchy
Based on the novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
In 1860, during the Risorgimento, Garibaldi has invaded Sicily and is sweeping the country towards a unified Italy. “For things to remain the same everything must change” declares the young and idealistic Tancredi to his uncle, Don Fabrizio Corbera, Prince of Salina. The Prince, known as The Leopard because of his commanding personality, is of the old school, and he now faces a society in upheaval, and is forced to choose between decay and progress, between the downfall of the nobility and the future of his family. Based on the internationally acclaimed 1958 novel Il Gattopardo by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Leopard will be Michael Dellaira's third opera with J. D. McClatchy and was the last completed full-length work by the famed librettist.
Duration 120' / two acts, one intermission
Commission Commissioned and developed by American Opera Projects, made possible, in part, through generous funding by The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and The Paul Underwood Charitable Trust.
Roles (12) 4 principal roles (soprano, mezzo, tenor, baritone) and 8 supporting roles (2 sopranos, mezzo, 2 tenors, baritone, 2 basses)
Instrumentation fl/picc; ob/E.hn; 2 cl/B.cl; bn; 2 hn; tp; tb; perc; hp; 12-string gtr; strings.
Development artists / partners Berklee College of Music, the Boston Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Lauren Cook, Martin Case, Anna Dugan, Brittany Bellacosa, Hidenori Inoue, Tim Sirinunthikal, Michael Gracco, Oliver Sewell, Blake Friedman, Janet Todd, Phlippe L’Esperance, Kayla Fuentes, Anne Shikany, Andrew Altenbach, Scott Rednour