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The Leopard

Music by Michael Dellaira

Libretto by J. D. McClatchy

Based on the novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

the Leopard

premiere PRODUCTION AVAILABLE FOR co-production / touring

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.

Premiere TBD

Roles (12) 4 principal roles (soprano, mezzo, tenor, baritone) and 8 supporting roles (2 sopranos, mezzo, 2 tenors, baritone, 2 basses)

Instrumentation (# tbd) winds, brass, harp, strings, percussion, and 12-string guitar

Development artists / partners Manhattan School of Music, Martin Case,Anna Dugan, Brittany Bellacosa, Hidenori Inoue, Tim Sirinunthikal, Michael Gracco, Oliver Sewell, Blake Friedman, Janet Todd, Phlippe L’Esperance, Kayla Fuentes

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Michael Dellaira  Composer

Michael Dellaira

J. D. McLatchy  Librettist

J. D. McLatchy