The Seagull (opera)

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The Seagull is an opera in 3 acts by Thomas Pasatieri to an English libretto by Kenward Elmslie. The plot is based on Anton Chekhov's 1896 play, The Seagull.

Performance History[edit]

The work had its world premiere at Houston Grand Opera on 5 March 1974 conducted by Charles Rosekrans. Notable later productions include Seattle Opera (1976), Washington National Opera (1978), Atlanta Civic Opera (1980), Fort Worth Opera (1982) and the Manhattan School of Music (2002). On 23 April 2004, a revised version premiered on at the San Francisco Opera Center, a resident artist program of San Francisco Opera. In September 2010 The Seagull was performed at Dicapo Opera in New York City as part of the international Armel Opera Competition and Festival. A European premiere will follow in November from the National Theatre of Szeged in Hungary; this production will be televised live to more than 40 countries and streamed live across the web.[1]


Role Voice type Premiere cast, 5 March 1974
Conductor: Charles Rosekrans[2]
Masha soprano Patricia Wells/Catherine Malfitano
Medvedenko tenor Michael Best
Constantine baritone Richard Stilwell/Robert Shiesley
Sorin bass-baritone David Rae Smith
Nina mezzo-soprano or soprano Frederica von Stade/Evelyn Petros (mezzo)
Irina Arkadina soprano Evelyn Lear/Dolores Strazicich
Boris Trigorin baritone John Reardon/Ronald Hedlund
Shamrayeff bass baritone Jon Enloe
Pauline mezzo-soprano Dana Krueger
Doctor Dorn tenor Jack Trussel
Director Frank Corsaro
Set and costume designer Allen Charles Klein


The first (and only) complete commercial recording of the opera is based on the live performance of the work's New York City premiere at the Manhattan School of Music.

  • Thomas Pasatieri: The Seagull – Keri Behan (Masha), Isai Jess Munoz (Medvedenko), Raymond Ayers (Constantine), Maxime Alvarez de Toledo (Sorin), Amy Shoremount-Obra (Nina), Amy Gough (Arkadina), Matthew Worth (Trigorin), Thomas Pertel (Shamrayeff), Sarah Kraus (Pauline), Alvaro Vallejo (Dr. Dorn); Manhattan School of Music Chorus and Orchestra, conductor David Gilbert. Albany Records TROY579-80

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ The Seagull at Dicapo Opera
  2. ^ Elmslie, Kenward (2006). "The Seagull (cast and synopsis)". Thomas Pasatieri. Archived from the original on November 20, 2008. Retrieved 15 August 2008.