Lysistrata (opera)

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Lysistrata, or The Nude Goddess is an opera in two acts by composer Mark Adamo. The work is based on Aristophanes's fifth century BCE play Lysistrata.[1] The opera had its world premiere at the Houston Grand Opera on March 4, 2005.[2] It was subsequently produced in March 2006 at the New York City Opera,[3] and it will be produced in San Francisco by Ensemble Parallele in February 2013.[4]


Role Voice type[5] Premiere Cast,[6]
4 March 2005
(Conductor: – Stefan Lano)
Lysistrata (Lysia) soprano Emily Pulley
Nikias (Nico) tenor Chad Shelton
Kleonike contralto Myrna Paris
Myrrhine mezzo-soprano Laquita Mitchell
Lampito contralto Victoria Livengood
Leonidas bass-baritone Joshua Winograde
Kinesias baritone Joshua Hopkins
Xanthe/Aphrodite soprano Marjorie Owens
Sappho mezzo-soprano Jennifer Root
Charito/Tisiphone soprano Heidi Stober
Dika/Alecto soprano Susan Holsonbake
Arete/Megaera mezzo-soprano Fiona Murphy
Bion/First Geezer baritone Daniel Cilli
Maron/Ares tenor Nicholas Phan
Alpheus tenor Arturo Chacón Cruz
Philo/Second Geezer bass-baritone Nikolay Didenko
Meleagros tenor Norman Reinhardt


  1. ^ Davis, Peter G. (April 2, 2006). "No Peace, No Sex". New York Magazine. Retrieved March 25, 2009. 
  2. ^ Ross, Alex (March 28, 2005). "Kafka Sings Two new operas: Ruders’s "Kafka’s Trial," Adamo’s "Lysistrata."". The New Yorker. Retrieved March 25, 2009. 
  3. ^ Tommasini, Anthony (March 23, 2006). "City Opera in Adamo's 'Lysistrata,' About Making Love, Not War". New York Times. Retrieved March 25, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Ensemble Parallele". 
  5. ^ Lysistrata at
  6. ^ Lysistrata at