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William Grant Still




TROUBLED ISLAND by William Grant Still



Troubled Island


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TROUBLED ISLAND
An Opera in Three Acts

Music by WILLIAM GRANT STILL
Libretto by Langston Hughes and Verna Arvey

Premiere Performance:  March 31st, April 10th, and May 1st* of 1949
NEW YORK CITY OPERA COMPANY

Conducted by Laszlo Halasz (1st & 2nd performances),
Julius Rudel (3rd performance*)

Choreography by George Balanchine (minuet)
and Jean Leon Destine (voodoo dances)

Stage Direction by Eugene Bryden

Stage and Costume Design by H. A. Condel

Dedicated to Leopold Stokowski

CAST
Celeste, A Slave Mother...........................Muriel OMalley (mezzo soprano)
Popo, Slave...........................Nathaniel Sprinzena (tenor)
Azelia, Wife of Dessalines...........................Marie Powers (contralto)
Dessalines, Slave Leader...........................Robert Weede (baritone), Lawrence Winters*
Martel, an Old Man...........................Oscar Natzka (bass)
Vuval, a Mulatto...........................Richard Charles, debut (tenor)
Stenio, Vuval's Cousin...........................Arthur Newman (baritone)
Papaloi, Voodoo Priest...........................Robert McFerrin (tenor) 
Mamaloi, Voodoo Priestess...........................Ruth Stewart (soprano)
Claire, the Mulatto Empress...........................Helena Bliss, debut (soprano), Marguerite Piazzi*
1st Servant...........................Dorothy MacNeil (soprano)
2nd Servant...........................Frances Bible (mezzo soprano)
3rd Servant...........................Rosalind Nadell (alto)
The Steward...........................Edwin Dunning (baritone)
The Chamberlain...........................Richard Wentworth (bass)
 The Herald...........................Unknown] (tenor)
The Messenger...........................William Stanz (tenor)
The Fisherman...........................Edwin Dunning (baritone)
The Mango Vendor...........................Francis Bible (mezzo soprano)
The Melon Vendor...........................Mary Lesawyer (soprano)
Ragamuffin boys...........................Sam Weiss  and Others [Unknown] (mutes)

Slaves, Voodoo attendants, servants, guests, courtiers, market women,
fishermen, peasants, soldiers, dancers, drummers who merely
pantomine beating native drums. Some of the minor roles taken by
members of the chorus; in some instances one person may sing
more than one of the minor roles.










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Troubled Island  |  Opera Synopsis  |  Opera Production Timeline  |  Premiere Performance  |  Directors and Cast  |  William Grant Still Art Center and Mural  |  What's Inside  |  Book Review  |  Testimonials  |  ORDER BOOK  |  Biographical Introduction  |  William Grant Still  |  Verna Arvey  |  Product Information  |  Presentation Service  |  Contact Information



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