In order of appearance
JOHANNA RIES – Caspar Carl’s Betrothed - Soubrette Soprano.
(19 yrs old) Johanna is of bourgeois class and feels a certain level of entitlement as a young, pretty, and a modern lady. She tends to get what she wants.
CASPAR CARL VAN BEETHOVEN – Ludwig’s brother and Business Manager - Tenor. Caspar, who goes by Carl, is also working-class and prone to putting on airs. He has fallen for the charms of Johanna and overlooks or defends many of her character flaws. Age 29.
ANNA MILDER – Prima Donna Opera Singer - Lyric Soprano. Although the same age as Johanna, is herself cultured and sophisticated. She is adept at negotiations and knows her worth as an artist.
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN – Composer - Tenor or High Baritone as well as pianist.
(34 yrs old) Ludwig is well-established as a concert pianist and respected as a composer, but he lives in the shadow of Mozart especially in the world of opera. He has taken on this project only with the understanding that he would have considerable say over the direction of the story line.
YOUNG LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN - Dancer - teenager.
YOUNG ELEANOR VON BREUNING - Dancer - teenager.
EMANUEL SCHIKANEDER - Impresario, Singing Actor, and Librettist - Bass Baritone.
(52 yrs old) Baritone. Emanuel is looking to regain some of the notoriety he once had when he was working with Mozart some 12 years ago on The Magic Flute. He is ego-centric. This role is already cast.
JAKOB HAIBEL – Emanuel’s assistant, and Comprimario Singer - Mezzo Soprano
(41 yrs old) Jakob is a pants role. His is a “Walter Mitty” type character but in addition can be snide and a little dishonest. He is also a composer in his own right but not at the same level as Beethoven. Jakob fiercely defends Schikaneder to the point of blind admiration.
JOSEPH RÖCKEL - Primo Uomo Opera Singer - Tenor
(21 yrs old) Joseph is good-looking, talented, good-natured, and kind-hearted and people recent him for it. He is a little dimwitted. He is the only honest person in the show.
SOPHIE WEBER – Mozart’s Sister-in-Law - Speaking Role. (40 yrs old)
Sophie is a walk-on role. Historically speaking she would go on to marry Jakob Haibel. This role is already cast.
PETER VON BRAUN – Robber Baron and lessee of the rival Berg Theatre - Bass
(45 yrs old) Peter is nouveau-riche. He prides himself on his knowledge of legal matters and delights in undercutting his rival Schikaneder.
OFFICIER OF THE COURT - Mute character
1. Johanna’s Song
2. I Love You
3. Sonatina in C major
4. La Tiranna
5. Emanuel’s Song
6. Vestal Flame (Part I)
7. Marmot Song
8. Get Along
9. Vestal Flame (Part II)
10. Good Day
11. Ludwig’s Song
12. Piano Sonata Pathetique, 2nd movement
Incidental music in between numbers as indicated in the play is from one of the set of 12 Variations for piano on a theme from the ballet `La Nozze disturbato’ not necessarily performed in its entirety.
Infomation about the venue, dates, schedule, audition repertoire, audition dates and locations to come soon. We are casting without regard to ethnicity in each of the parts.
Thank you for your interest,