P.D.Q. Bach: The Abduction of Figaro

P.D.Q. Bach: The Abduction of Figaro

Director: Kaye S. Lavine

Cast: Kaye S. Lavine, Prof. Peter Schickele

     
 

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Labeled "a simply grand opera in three acts," The Abduction of Figaro is the only full-length opera (so far) by the uniquely talented P.D.Q. Bach (pen name for classical music satirist Peter Schickele). Figaro opens at the opulent palace of Count Alma Mater, where the title character appears to be on his deathbed. His wife, Susanna Susannadanna (DanaSee more details below

Overview

Labeled "a simply grand opera in three acts," The Abduction of Figaro is the only full-length opera (so far) by the uniquely talented P.D.Q. Bach (pen name for classical music satirist Peter Schickele). Figaro opens at the opulent palace of Count Alma Mater, where the title character appears to be on his deathbed. His wife, Susanna Susannadanna (Dana Krueger), watches over him. She is visited by Donna Donna (Marilyn Brustadt), who seeks the elusive Donald Giovanni (Michael Burt), revealing in "Perfidy, Thy Name is Donald, Although They Call Thee Don for Short" that he has done her wrong. Donald arrives soon thereafter, accompanied by his servant, the supposedly mute Schlepporello (Jack Walsh), and Donna demands that the bounder make amends. At that moment, however, Captain Kadd (Will Roy) emerges and tells all that "My Name is Captain Kadd and I Am Very, Very, Very, Very, Very, Very Bad." He proves this by kidnapping Figaro (bed and all) and hijacks a ship to Cuba. A rescue attempt ensues, which involves a shipwreck and a visit to an unknown island, on which Kadd discovers what he has sought all along -- the Maltese Falcon. Unfortunately, someone has already taken the prized jewels from the Falcon -- namely Schlepporello, who agrees to exchange the booty if he is allowed to sing and dance, and all ends happily.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/2004
UPC:
0089948425199
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
NR
Source:
Video Artists Int'l
Region Code:
0
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
2:24:00
Sales rank:
32,235

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[None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Schickele Conductor,Actor
Marilyn Brustadt Donna Donna
Michael Burt Donald Giovanni
John Ferrante Opec
Bruce Edwin Ford Pecadillo
Dana Krueger Mama Geno,Susanna Susannadanna
LeRoy Lehr Pasha Shaboom,Al Donfonso,Papa Geno
Lisbeth Lloyd Blondie
Minnesota Opera Actor
Will Roy Captain Kadd
Jack Walsh Schlepporello

Technical Credits
Kaye S. Lavine Director
Larry Hayden Choreography
P.D.Q. Bach Composer,Librettist
Richard Stead Makeup
Stephen Schmidt Producer
John Lee Beatty Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Introductory Remarks by Prof. Peter Schickele [5:52]
2. Opening Credits [2:14]
3. Overture [5:41]
4. Act I Scene 1: Found a Peanut! [7:08]
5. Act I Scene 1: Recit : Ah, Dear Husband Aria: Stay With Me [5:21]
6. Act I Scene 1: Recit: Susanna [:32]
7. Act I Scene 1: Recit: Dog! Aria: Perfidy, Thy Name Is Donald [4:32]
8. Act I Scene 1: Recit: I Am Distraught [1:05]
9. Act I Scene 1: Quartet, Love Is Gone [2:25]
10. Act I Scene 2: Recit: Well, Here We Are [2:32]
11. Act I Scene 2: Aria: Behold Fair Maiden [3:17]
12. Act I Scene 2: Recit: Just a Moment Aria: The Lofty Tree [5:16]
13. Act I Scene 3: Recit: And Here Is My Husband [1:48]
14. Act I Scene 3: Recit: Hold It Aria: My Name Is Captain Kadd [5:28]
15. Act I Scene 3: Recit: Now That You've Heard [2:29]
16. Act I Scene 3: Sextet: What a Downer [1:44]
17. Act I Scene 4: Recit: Schlepperello Aria: No Man [6:44]
18. Act I Scene 5: Recit: What a Strange Turn of Events [1:15]
19. Act I Scene 5: Quintet and Chorus: Ah Though We Must Part [3:50]
20. Act I Scene 5: Act I Finale [1:36]
21. Act II: Act II Introduction [1:39]
22. Act II Scene 1: Duet: God Be Praised [2:23]
23. Act II Scene 2: Aria: Fish Gotta Swim [4:27]
24. Act II Scene 2: Chorus: Hey, Make Way [1:35]
25. Act II Scene 2: Dance of the Seven Pails [3:16]
26. Act II Scene 2: Recit: Your Immenseness [1:46]
27. Act II Scene 2: Duet and Chorus: Who Is the Highest? [1:44]
28. Act II Scene 2: Quartet: May I Introduce to You? [2:11]
29. Act II Scene 3: Dialog and Recit: Why? Aria: Macho Macho [8:40]
30. Act II Scene 3: Cavatina: You Can Beat Me [1:56]
31. Act II Scene 3: Act II Finale [6:48]
32. Act III: Ballet [7:22]
33. Act III: Trio: A Magic Forest [2:59]
34. Act III: Duet: I Am a Swineheard [4:08]
35. Act III: Finale Part 1 [10:13]
36. Act III: Aria: Why, Oh Why? [3:35]
37. Act III: Finale Part II [2:39]
38. Act III: Curtain Calls and Closing Credits [4:48]
39. Act III: Closing Remarks by Prof. Peter Schickele [:24]

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