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Music by Kamala Sankaram and Libretto by Susan Yankowitz

 

It is Chautauqua Opera's priority to cast this work as the creators intended, with an ethnically diverse cast featuring singers of South Asian descent.

To learn more about the work and listen to excerpts, please visit: kamalasankaram.com/thumbprint.

 

Roles:

Mukhtar Mai (soprano)
Range: Middle C to high D.  Some high coloratura.

 

Annu (soprano) 
Range: Middle C to high B-flat.
Description: Mukhtar Mai's younger sister.  Also doubles as Reporter and Young Woman.

 

Mother (mezzo-soprano)
Range: A-flat below middle C to G above staff.
Description: Mukhtar Mai's Mother.  Also doubles as Reporter and Justice Minister.

 

Abdul (tenor)
Range: C below staff to G above staff.
Description: Henchman of Faiz.  Also doubles as Reporter, Mastoi Man, Shakur (Mukhtar Mai's brother), Attacker, Villager, and Imam.

 

Faiz (baritone)
Range: Low B to G above middle C.
Description: Mukhtar Mai's attacker.  Also doubles as Reporter, Mastoi Man, Villager, and Police Chief.

 

Father (bass)
Range: Low B to E above middle C.
Description: Mukhtar Mai's Father.  Also doubles as Reporter, Mastoi Man, and Judge.

 

 

Supers

"Supers" (Supernumeraries) are people of all ages who volunteer their time and act as "extras" in Chautauqua Opera productions. Volunteers may perform as waiters, guards, townsfolk, etc. according to the production's needs.

We look for enthusiastic and dependable people of all ages and types. Chautauqua Opera provides opportunities for community members to work with international singers.

If a need for Supers in the 2017 season arises, it will be announced at a later date.

Children's Chorus

For children who sing, the Chautauqua Opera often offers the opportunity to perform throughout the summer season. Under the supervision of Music Administrator/ Chorus Master, Carol Rausch, the children's chorus is exposed to a rich and varied musical experience as well as an authentic theatre environment. The children's chorus will work with directors, singers, actors and musicians. As a result of all these contacts, they can learn teamwork and responsibility as well as respect for their own talents and those of their fellow performers. Many have gone on to further their drama and musical experience; all have deepened their appreciation of the performing arts.

If a need for children in the 2017 season arises, it will be announced at a later date.