ARCHIMEDES, a Planetarium Opera

in 3 acts, with an Introduction, Prologue and Epilogue
libretto by Cary Plotkin, with Ted Weiss
based on a conception by the composer (2000-2008)
computer animations and graphics by Kevin Beaulieu, Rudolfo Quintas, Enzo Sferra, Sebastian Cudicio and Lorenzo Ceccotti

   
Archimedes baritone
Marcellus tenor
Hieron bass
Demiurge (2 voices)l high soprano and high tenor
Prime Mover actor
2 slave girls soprano, mezzo-soprano
4 Siracusans soprano, contralto, tenor, baritone
People of Syracuse and the Roman Senate chorus
Mime company and soloist  
   
One of the slave girls and the female voice of the Demiurge can be the same singer  
Hieron and the Prime Mover can be the same performer  

In the following scene descriptions, "also concert version" means that the scene can be performed as a self-contained piece for concert use with the video animation.

Begin
the narrator (Marcellus) begins the story; for tenor, sampled orchestral sounds, electronic sounds

Prologue, Part I - In Which it All Begins
for actor (the Prime Mover), electronic sounds and computer animations (by Kevin Beaulieu); also concert version

Prologue, Part II - The Demiurge
for high tenor, high soprano, electronic sounds, electronically transformed instrumental
sounds, (Antonio Politano, recorders), computer animations (by Kevin Beaulieu
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Act I, scene i - In Which He Grows Up

Electronic Music, Music Concrete, computer animation (by Enzo Sferra); also concert version

the Narrator 2 (Marcellus)
tenor and sampled orchestral sounds

Act I, scene ii - Young Archimedes (Mathematics I)
for mime, electronic sounds and computer generated animations (Rudolfo Quintas); also concert version

recorded: WERGO CD WER 2018-50

the Narrator 3 (Marcellus)
tenor and sampled orchestral sounds

Act I, scene iii - EUREKA!
for baritone, soprano, mezzo-soprano, sampled orchestral sounds, electronic sounds (and large bathtub)

the Narrator 4 (Marcellus)
tenor and sampled orchestral sounds

Act I, scene iv - Archimedes goes to Syracuse

for baritone, bass, vocal quartet, chorus, mime, electronic sounds and sampled orchestral sounds

Act II, scene i - in which Marcellus changes roles

for tenor, sampled orchestral sounds, electronic sounds

Act II, scene ii - Syracuse comes to Archimedes

for baritone, chorus, sampled orchestral sounds, electronic sounds, computer animation (by Sebastian Cudicio).
Includes the Mathematics II sequence for electronic sounds and computer animation for which there is a concert version

Act II, scene iii -Archimedes at War
for tenor, chorus (Senators), sampled orchestral sounds, electronic sounds

Act III - the Death of Archimedes
for baritone, tenor, high soprano, high tenor, sampled orchestral sounds, electronic sounds. Includes Mathematics III for electronic sounds and computer animation (by Lorenzo Ceccotti) for which there is a concert version


Epilogue