Merlin's Island | Wolf Trap
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This Wolf Trap Opera premiere and new production was presented at The Barns at Wolf Trap in June 2019. Special thanks to Dan and Gayle D’Aniello, 2019 Wolf Trap Opera Season Underwriters, and Ed and Andy Smith, 2019 Performance Sponsors.

MERLIN'S ISLAND Music by Christoph Willibald Gluck
Libretto by Louis Anseasume
Based on Lesage and D’Orneval’s vaudeville comedy Le monde renversé

Two Parisians are shipwrecked on an island paradise where the rich marry the poor, lawyers are always honest, spouses are always faithful, and artists are wealthier than businessmen. Heaven? Not quite. A takeoff on 18th century French vaudeville, Merlin’s Island is brimming with inspired music, beautiful ensembles, and heartwarming characters.


Artist Bios
Gluck and the Comic Opera 
by Thomas Hauschka

CAST in order of vocal appearance

Pierrot – Ben Edquist
Scapin – Daniel Noyola
Argentine – Shannon Jennings
Diamantine – Niru Liu
Hippocratine – Megan Esther Grey
Merlin – Conor McDonald
Hanif – Bradley Bickhardt*
Zerbin – Justin Burgess*
Prud’homme – Wilford Kelly*

*Studio Artist

CREATIVE TEAM Conductor - Geoffrey McDonald
Director - Richard Gammon
Choreographer – Elizabeth Coker
Scenic Designer - Julia Noulin-Mérat
Costume Designer - Jonathan Knipscher
Lighting Designer - Robert H. Grimes
Wig & Makeup Designer – Anne Nesmith


MUSIC AND PRODUCTION STAFF Cover Conductor – Andrew Crooks
Musical Preparation - Andrew Crooks, James Maverick
French Coach - Jocelyn Dueck
Assistant Director - KT Shorb
Production Stage Manager - Madeline Levy
Assistant Stage Manager - Savannah Valigura
Supertitle Coordinator - Thomas Morris

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