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August GONDOLIERS casting

CASTING OPEN
"Gondoliers" sing-through, August 27th

Longwood Opera and the New England Gilbert and Sullivan Society will hold their second annual summer collaboration on Sunday, August 27th, at 2:00 p.m., at Christ Episcopal Church, Needham, MA. We'll sing and read through "The Gondoliers". David Larrick will conduct, with Juliet Cunningham on piano. Afterwards, there will be a potluck supper.

Casting opens today (July 5), for both Longwood and NEGASS singers. Please e-mail me with your role requests, and let me know whether you belong to Longwood, NEGASS, or both. If you would be happy with any one of several roles, just list them all in order of preference. I'll try to divide the casting evenly between the two groups. People who are members of both groups will get first consideration; otherwise, I'll give out the roles in the order in which requests reach me.

Parts in "The Gondoliers":
Men:
The Duke of Plaza-Toro (baritone), a Grandee of Spain
Luiz (tenor or baritone), his attendant
Don Alhambra (baritone or bass), the Grand Inquisitor
Marco Palmieri (tenor), Venetian gondolier
Giuseppi Palmieri (baritone), Venetian gondolier

Antonio (baritone), gondolier, solo in first scene, sings w/chorus
Francesco (tenor) gondolier, small solo and sings w/chorus
Giorgio (baritone), ditto
Annibale (speaking lines, no solos, sings w/chorus)

Women:
The Duchess of Plaza-Toro (contralto), the Duke's domineering wife
Casilda (soprano), daughter of the Duke and Duchess, secretly in love with Luiz
Tessa (mezzo-soprano), a peasant girl
Gianetta (soprano), a peasant girl

Fiametta (soprano), a peasant girl (has small solo and sings w/chorus)
Vittoria (soprano or mezzo), ditto
Giulia (soprano or mezzo), ditto
Inez (contralto), the King of Barataria's foster-mother

We'll also need all voice parts for the chorus. Some loaner scores will be available. For directions or more information, reply to
programchair@negass.org, or call (413) 584-7725. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
April Grant
Program chair, NEGASS
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