Celia (Anne-Carolyn Bird), Bonario (Steven Sanders), Corvina (Lisa Hopkins Seegmiller), Mosca (Jeremy Little), and Voltore (Museop Kim), Wolf Trap Opera
The plot is based on the connivance of Volpone (while feigning grave sickness) and his servant Mosca to swindle three “legacy-seeking scavengers” by assuring that each would be named his sole heir. Volpone then asks Corvina (one of the scavengers) to disinherit her own son (Bonario) and name himself as heir. Volpone even persuades Cornaccio (another scavenger) to plan a sexual liaison with his beautiful, chaste wife (Celia), who is fresh from the convent. From this point – full of hyperbole, sexual innuendo, and shameless greed – the rhyming libretto cleverly becomes very complex, which results in multiple court scenes and prison sentences, Volpone’s faked death after signing his will over to his servant Mosca, and a happy ending.
Celia (Anne-Carolyn Bird) and Volpone (
Tom Huizenga, 'Volpone': Putting On Heirs (Washington Post, June 25)
T. L. Ponick, Sly 'Fox' appears in Vienna woods (Washington Times, June 25)
Conductor Sara Jobin demanded and received a steady energy from the orchestra, while director Peter Kazaras and scenic designer Erhard Rom created an effective, efficient routine of multiple scene changes done by the singers during musical interludes. This involved turning the main platform on stage and allowed for momentum never to be lost due to the set.
See this opera for yourself (June 29 and July 1), and look forward to the upcoming premieres of this capable pair: Later the Same Evening in November 2007, inspired by five Edward Hopper paintings and co-commissioned by the National Gallery of Art and University of Maryland; Bastianello/Lucrezia in March 2008, two 50-minute comic operas commissioned by the New York Festival of Song; and another comic opera commissioned by Wolf Trap and the Opera Theater of St. Louis, scheduled for 2010.