• Stephen Oliver
  • Mario And The Magician (1988)

  • Novello & Co Ltd (World)

Commissioned by the Batignano Festival, Italy

  • fl(pic)clcnt.tba2percpf(hmn)va.2vc
  • girl’s voice; small parts
  • S, Mz, 2T, Bar, B-Bar
  • 1 hr 5 min
  • Stephen Oliver
  • Stephen Oliver, after the story by Thomas Mann
  • English

Programme Note


Set in a hotel, the opera opens with a German mother quarreling with a citizen of the town over bathing regulations (her daughter has been bathing nude). She is fined by the Mayor who is taking tea in the hotel and comforted by Signora Angiolieri who also tells her about Duse. In the second part, the stage is set for Cipolla’s show in the same hotel and the action broadly follows Mann’s story with the citizen of part one taking the role of the intellectual from Rome. The action involves fewer characters than in Mann’s original story – the cast consisting of the German mother and daughter, the Angolieries, a Citizen, the Mayor, Cipolla himself and Mario and a few lads from the beach.

7 main characters: 1 soprano, 1 mezzo-soprano, girl’s voice, 2 tenors, 1 baritone and 1 bass baritone.

7 minor characters: 5 ’lads from the beach’ (baritones and tenors), Mario (1speaking role), and Signora Angiolieri.