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GRACCHUS

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ


Gaius Gracchus
, Tribune of the Plebs (baritone)

Publius Argenteus, leader of the senatorial faction of the Optimates and adversary of Gaius (bass)

Cornelia Africana, mother of the Gracchi (mezzo soprano)

Licinia, wife of Gaius Gracchus (lyric soprano)

Tiberius Paulus, little son of Gaius and Licinia (boy soprano)

Manlius Prudens, leader of the senatorial faction of the Populares, Principal Speaker of the Senate, and friend of Gaius (baritone)

 

Ghost of Tiberius Gracchus, murdered older brother of Gaius (tenor) †

Blossius, a philosopher (tenor) †

The Sibyl (coloratura soprano)

Fatuus, a street wag (countertenor)

Municius Torculus, a wine vendor (tenor)

Fabius Piscator, a fishmonger (bass)

Metellus Gladius, Publius’s henchman (bass) ‡

Captain of the Urban Cohort (bass) ‡

 

The Mob (chorus)

Lads and Lasses (several men and women from the chorus)

Servants of Publius (several men from the chorus)

 

† the two roles may be sung by one tenor

‡ the two roles may be sung by one bass