Joe.St.Johanser

Six sophisticated but accessible full length contemporary operas by Joe St.Johanser, set for practical chamber orchestras - typically 10 to 16 pieces.

Responses from audiences and critics alike are extremely positive.

Available for performance by opera companies.

SPACE OPERA

CLARGES

THE TEMPEST

THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

THE MANDARIN'S DILEMMA

SPEM

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SPACE OPERA

Full length grand opera buffa - libretto by St.Johanser setting the Jack Vance science fiction novel.

DRAMATIS PERSONAE

Principal Roles and Cast of Recording for the Radio Play

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DAME ISABEL GRAYCE - mezzo-soprano Secretary Treasurer of the Opera League -A wealthy, aristocratic and eccentric grande dame [Jill House]

ROGER WOOL - baritone Nephew to Isabel - likeable but foolish young fop [Nick Gee]

MADOC ROSWYN - soprano Alluring and mysteriously exotic young woman [Helen Semple]

ALFRED GONDAR- bass Space Captain - haggard, haunted and piratical [Tim Baldwin]

BERNARD BICKEL- baritone Eminent authority on symbological euphonics, famed space traveller and rackety raconteur. [Joe St.Johanser]

DYRUS BOLZEN, PAMINA, MARIE - soprano Sexy soubrette [Joanna Bywater]

Comprimario Roles and Chorus Elgin Seaboro, Papageno, Wozzeck- baritone [Richard Bacon]

Josephine Louise Thorpe- soprano Lilian Monteagle, Hermina Warn- mezzo-soprano [Leo Shearing]

Young Lady, Darwin Litchely- soprano [Anna Loveday]

Mess Steward, Logan de Appling, Tambour major - baritone [Nigel Evans-Thompson]

Byzantaur spokesman - bass [Richard Bacon]

Zade audiant- tenor [Richard Johnson]

- Chorus and Dancers Andrei Szinc, Hermann Scantling, Otto von Scheerup, Sir Henry, Opera Singers and Ballet Dancers, Crew of Spaceship "Phoebus", 'Zants, Zade indigenes, Rlaru Ninth Ballet Troupe

Orchestra Ensemble Lumiere conducted by Neil Ferris

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  • CLARGES

    Full length grand opera buffa - libretto by St.Johanser setting the Jack Vance science fiction novel.

    Principal Roles and Cast of Recording for the Radio Play

    Dramatis Personae

    [Anna Loveday] - mezzo-soprano Renata Biebursson (Verge) - space captain and artist in aquefacts

    [Edward Grint] - baritone - Gavin Waylock (The Grayven Warlock) (Amaranth posing as Glark) - wronged and ruthless

    [Vanessa Bowers] - soprano -The Jacynth Martin (Amaranth) - 104 years old but young and beautiful in body

    [Richard Arundel] - baritone - Basil Thinkoup (Wedge) - friend of Waylock - A successful psychiatrist gambler

    [Joanna Bywater]- soprano - Sara Caddigan (Brood) - conventional and unsuccessful psychiatrist

    [Hannah Kirk]- soprano - The Anastasia Fancourt (Amaranth) - famous and beautiful performer - friend of The Jacynth

    [Leo Shearing] - mezzo-soprano - Gold Fortam (Wedge) - widow recently bereaved/Clarges citizen

    [Andrew Henley] - tenor - Vincent Rodenave(Verge) - the Actuarian Clerk/Tribune Two

    [Tom Smith]- tenor -The Albert Pondicherry (Amaranth)/Clarges citizen

    [Andrea Fishenden]- soprano - Actuarian Girl Assistant/Clarges citizen

    [Ian Helm] - baritone - The Roland Zygmont (Amaranth) - President of the Amaranth Society/Tribune One

    [James Davis] - baritone -The Abel Mandeville - baritone (Amaranth) - vindictive/Inquisitor/The Denis Lestrange (Amaranth)

    [Sarah Maxted] ¬- mezzo-soprano - Citizen of Clarges (glark)

    [Joe St.Johanser] - baritone -The Olaf Maybrow (Amaranth) - Chairman of the Pro-Arts Union/Maximilian Hertzog - strong catto

    Orchestra Ensemble Lumiere conducted by Neil Ferris

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  • THE TEMPEST

    Full length grand opera - libretto by St.Johanser setting the Shakespeare text.

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    Photos (courtesy Peter Sillick) from the Guildford Opera production.

    'The Three Ariels' with 'Prospero'

    "Everything about this production was excellent" Words and Music.

    This opera is eminently suitable for chorus based opera companies. The music is sophisticated but not excessively difficult. Audiences are appreciative of the drama and the approachable music.

    The text selected for the libretto is pure Shakespeare - the story largely preserved.

    Thomas Ades, the eminent English composer, has simultaneously and coincidentally composed a similarly titled opera (not using the Shakespeare text) - comparisons are not odious in this case we hope - just different inspirations.

    Cast:

    Prospero-Tim Baldwin; Miranda-Helen Semple; Ferdinand-Yuri Sabatini; Ariel 1,2 and 3- Anna Loveday, Lizzie Hull, Leo Shearing; Caliban-Richard Arundel; Trincula-Joanna Bywater, Stephanie-Jill House; Gonzalo-Richard Bacon, Antonia-Marion Hughes; Sebastiane-Wiktoria Szyrocka; Alonso- Nigel Evans-Thompson. Guildford Opera Chorus. Director Jackie Shearer, Conductor Francis Griffin, Set design Rob Mills, Lighting John Whitehead, Wardrobe Kris Benjafield, Leslie Griffiths, Makeup Louise Walsh:

    Extracts from the video of the Guildford Opera performance are on youtube.

    'Everything about this production was excellent with many striking touches. The highly effective set was a wrecked ship bedded in real sand; the tops of the ribs curling over gave the impression of huge breaking waves... the small orchestra (under Francis Griffin) played the music beautifully; it was atmospheric, attractive and served Shakespeare’s text and its range of emotions well... The casting of Ariel as 3 spirits was a master stroke, each subtly characterised and responsive to Prospero and weaving trios with beautiful and ethereal sound... Prospero, who commands the magic island...(Tim Baldwin)... was outstanding and totally in command of the drama and music - a truly powerful performance.', We welcome enquiries for permission to perform this work. Scores are available for perusal. Fees are not prohibitive and some sponsorship may be possible for quality performances by smaller opera companies. The work lasts some two and a half hours. The original score is for 16 piece orchestra.

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    Listen here to extracts from a recording of highlights from the opera with baritone Mark Stone as Prospero, Ariels Lorna Bridge, Azita Kazem and Olivia Shrive, Caliban David Ubaka, Stephanie Jill House, Trincula Suzanne Walker and The London Sinfonietta under Francis Griffin.

    ACT 1 SCENE 2 In front of Prospero's cell

    Tempest track 1 'All hail great master' Quartet Ariel, Prospero

    Tempest track 2 'Full fathom five thy father lies' Aria Ariel

    ACT 2 SCENE 2

    Yet another part of the Island Tempest track 3 'All the infections' Aria Caliban

    Tempest track 4'Here's neither bush nor shrub' Aria Trincula

    Tempest track 5 'I shall no more to sea' Sea-shanty Stephanie

    Tempest track 6 'Do not torment me oh!' Trio Caliban, Stephanie, Trincula

    ACT 3 SCENE 2 - another part of the Island

    Tempest track 7 'When the butt is out, then shall we drink water' Trio Caliban, Stephanie, Trincula + Ariel invisible

    Tempest track 8 'Monster I will kill this man' (flout em and scout em) Sextet Caliban, Stephanie, Trincula + Ariel invisible 'Flout em and scout em'

    Tempest track 9 'Be not afear'd, the isle is full of noises' Aria Cal.

    ACT 4 SCENE 2

    Tempest track 10'Ceres, most bounteous lady' Linked wedding arias - Ariel as Iris, Ceres, Juno,

    Tempest track 11 'Our revels now are ended' Aria Prospero

    Tempest track 12 'I pray you tread softly' Trio Caliban, Stephanie, Trincula (+Prospero, Ariel)

    ACT 5 SCENE 1

    Tempest track 13 'Now does my project gather to a head", Recit and Aria Prospero, Ariel

    Tempest track 14 "ye elves of hills, brooks, standing lakes and groves" Aria Prospero

    Tempest track 15 Finale Prospero

    Tempest track 16 Finale Prospero

    Tempest track 17 'My Ariel, to the elements be free" Epilogue Prospero

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    Collage Miranda and Ferdinand, Gonzalo, Ariel, Prospero

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    Collage Caliban, Trincula, Stephanie

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    Collage - The Noble Court and Mariners

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