Based on 'La invención de Morel' by Adolfo Bioy Casares

  • 1.0.1(bcl)+bcl.1/0.1.1+btbn.0/2perc/pf.egtr/str( db); sound effects
  • 2S, Mz, 2T, 2Bar, B
  • 1 hr 24 min
  • Jonathan Moore and the composer
  • English

Programme Note

Libretto: Jonathan Moore and the composer

Cast List:
   NARRATOR (tells the tale): Baritone
   FUGITIVE (acts out the tale): Baritone
   FAUSTINE (mystery woman): Lyric Soprano
   MOREL (dashing invertor): Tenor
   STOEVER (challenging guest): Bass
   DORA (radiant diva): Soprano
   DUCHESS (grumpy duchess): Mezzo-soprano
   ALEC (arrogant architect) / OMBRELLIERI (Italian
      rug merchant): Tenor


A fugitive from justice has found refuge on a remote island. There is rumor of a strange disease connected to this deserted place. Suddenly a group of exotic tourists arrive. He fears arrest but falls in love with one of the intruders. To meet her would be to risk everything but his heart drags him to her. She ignores him completely! Soon he is barging in on the tourists' strangely anachronistic party, wailing for attention. Why won't she acknowledge him, why won't they arrest him? What are those machines in the basement? And why does she keep repeating the same conversation with that Morel? A charismatically odd man, made even stranger by his isolation, solving a cosmic mystery while maddened by love is the sort of fantastic romance that opera serves so well.

Act 1

Acts 2 and 3


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