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1211 2110 perc(1), 12-string guitar, harp, strings
Solo singers, chamber orchestra
Alternate Title
The Leopard, Opera in Two Acts
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Opera in Two Acts, in development -
Music by Michael Dellaira
Libretto by J. D. McClatchy

Note: No performances allowed in Italy without the approval of the Titanus Film Company.

Permission for theatrical rights granted by the Lampedusa Estate (Gioacchino Lanza Tomasi, executor)
Permission to use English translation granted by Random House Publishers.

In 1860, during the Risorgimento, Garibaldi has invaded Sicily and is sweeping the country towards a unified Italy. “If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change” declares the young and idealistic Tancredi to his uncle, Don Fabrizio Corbera, Prince of Salina. The Prince, known as The Leopard because of his commanding personality, is of the old school, and he now faces a society in upheaval, and is forced to choose between decay and progress, between the downfall of the nobility and the future of his family. Based on the internationally acclaimed 1958 novel Il Gattopardo by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Leopard is Michael Dellaira's third opera with J. D. McClatchy and was the last completed full-length work by the famed librettist.


Instrumentation in detail

1 Flute / Piccolo
2 Bb Clarinets / Bass Clarinet
1 Oboe / English Horn
1 Bassoon
2 French Horns
1 Trumpet
1 Trombone
1 Percussionist:
2 timpani (30", 25"), snare drum, bass drum, timbales, tambourine,
triangle, cowbell, woodblock, suspended cymbal, sizzle cymbal,
hi-hat, chimes, vibraphone, glockenspiel, hand bells
1 12-string guitar (amplified - acoustic with pickup or electric)
1 Harp
Strings (4-4-4-4-2)

Difficulty professional

Vocal range(s) SOPRANO
Angelica [coloratura]: Bb3 – D6
Carolina: Eb4 – A5
Mademoiselle Dombreuil: C4 – F#5
Concetta: B3 – Bb5

The Princess Stella: Bb3 – A5
Caterina: A3 – D5

Tancredi: Db3 – B4
Father Pirrone: C#3 – Bb4
Count Cavriaghi: Gb3 – Bb4

Don Fabrizio: Bb2 – G4
Don Calogero: G2 – F#4

Don Onofrio: F#2 – E4
Cavaliere Chevalley di Monterzuolo: F#2 – E4

First Perfomance
Armel Festival, Budapest tba 2020


Text Language - Non English
Text Source/Author
Based on the novel "Il Gattopardo" by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa; "IL GATTOPARDO", published 1958, Feltrinelli
English translation 1959 by Archibald Colquhoun, published by Random House.
Libretto by J. D. McClatchy
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Ensemble Type
solo voice(s)+large ensemble or orchestra
opera dramatic


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