MARK CAMPBELL

LIBRETTIST / LYRICIST

Adriana Zabala as Erminella

Unfaithfully fashioned from the comedy by Ben Jonson

COMPOSER JOHN MUSTO

Volpone is very loosely based on Ben Jonson's 1606 comedy of the same name. The plot is a perennial of satire: the wealthy Volpone (“the Fox”), having no heirs, feigns mortal illness in order to con a avaricious collection of avian predators who wish to inherit his fortune. The would-be beneficiaries prove all too willing to sacrifice their dignity, morals and even their loved ones in order to gain favor with Volpone. In the end, the ruse is revealed (along with a few surprises), and all of the players receive their just desserts.

VOLPONE