Oh, What a Tangled Web...


Gas Station Arts Centre - 445 River Avenue
Tickets $20/$12 students
Available at the Desautels Faculty of Music
204-474-9310 or at the door

La Calisto

by Francesco Cavalli (1602 - 1676)
sung in Italian

What you need to know:
- Giunone has come down to earth to spy on Giove,her philandering husband.
- She meets Calisto, a follower of Diana’s, who is distraught because of Diana’s on-again off-again affection for her. Giunone rightly suspects that “Diana” is her husband in disguise as the goddess in order to pursue Calisto.
- Giove arrives with Mercurio and is thrilled to see Calisto, but not so happy to
see his wife.
- Endimione writes a poem expressing his love for Diana. He is heart broken when he sees her (Giove again) and she shows no interest in him.
- Pane (who had been rejected by Diana earlier in the opera) and his friends torment Endimione for loving Diana and for believing in love in general.
- Linfea, another follower of Diana’s chaste order, has decided she is interested in finding love, but she is looking for a man, rather than Satirino, who is only part human.


by Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
sung in French

What you need to know:
- Several months ago, Manon and des Grieux ran away together after meeting when he was travelling to visit his father and she was on her way to enter a convent.
- Des Grieux is writing to his conservative father, asking for permission to marry Manon.
- Lescaut and de Brétigny arrive and Lescaut pretends to disapprove of their living together but then “forgives them” when des Grieux tells him that he wants to marry Manon.
- De Brétigny whispers to Manon that she will be his queen if she leaves des Grieux, and also tells her that des Grieux’s father has arranged to have his son abducted and returned home.
- Manon is torn between her love for des Grieux and her obsession with luxury.

Sir John in Love

by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
sung in English

What you need to know:
- Falstaff and his followers meet at the Garter Inn where he tells them that he can no longer support them as he has run out of money.
- Falstaff plans to seduce two married women (Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Page) in order to gain access to their husbands’ money.
- Bardolph is given a job by the Host, while Pistol and Nym plot their revenge. They tell Ford that Falstaff loves his wife. At first Ford doesn’t believe them but then becomes wildly jealous.
- His wife and Mrs. Page pass by singing an old song (actually from Love’s Labour’s Lost, another play by Shakespeare) and laugh at him, making him even more suspicious.
- Later, Mrs. Page and Mrs. Ford are shocked to receive the same love letter from Falstaff. They enlist Mrs. Quickly’s help to plan their revenge, (and sing a song written for Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing).

La Clemenza di Tito

by W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)
sung in Italian

What you need to know:
- Vitellia waits to hear whether or not Sesto went through with her orders to kill Emperor Tito, in retaliation for his making another woman his empress. She is horrified to hear from Publio and Annio that Tito plans to marry her after all.
- Vitellia leaves to try and stop Sesto but is too late. Sesto arrives just after she leaves and is in torment over killing the emperor or losing Vitellia.
- Annio returns and is troubled by Sesto’s strange behavior. Servilia arrives and tells Annio that a fire is raging in Rome and that it was set on purpose.
- Pubio returns and tells them that he has heard of a conspiracy to kill Tito.
- Vitellia deeply regrets having plotted Tito’s murder. Sesto returns and says that Tito has been killed but does not confess that he is the murderer. Together they all mourn the loss of their ruler and friend.

L’Elisir d’Amore

by Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)
sung in Italian

What you need to know:
- Nemorino has purchased (and drunk) a bottle of wine from Dulcamara, believing it to be a love potion that will make Adina fall in love with him.
- Unbeknownst to Nemorino, Giannetta and her friends have heard that his uncle has died, leaving him extremely wealthy.
- Adina is surprised to find herself feeling jealous by the attention Nemorino is receiving from all the local girls, and realizes that she loves him.
- Nemorino revels in the role reversal, while Dulcamara is both shocked
and thrilled to discover that his magic elixir really works.
- Dulcamara tries to persuade Adina to try his magic elixir to help her win Nemorino, but she realizes that she has the power to charm him without the help of magic.