Lysistrata — Cast and Instrumentation

Duration 2 acts: approximately 120’
Principals 17 to play 24 characters, with *doubling:
S/S/S/S(Mz)/S/Mz/Mz/Mz(c)/Mz(c)
T/T/T/T/Bn/B-Bn/B-Bn/BT/T/T/T/Bn/B-Bn/B-Bn/B
The ATHENIAN WOMEN:
*XANTHE high lyric soprano; also sings APHRODITE
LYSIA (later LYSISTRATA), lirico-spinto soprano
MYRRHINE lyric mezzo-soprano or soprano
SAPPHO mezzo-soprano
KLEONIKE mezzo-contralto
The SPARTAN WOMEN:
*CHARITO high lyric soprano; also sings TISIPHONE
*DIKA lyric soprano; also sings ALECTO
*ARETE mezzo-soprano: also sings MEGAERA
LAMPITO dramatic mezzo-contralto
THE ATHENIAN MEN:
NIKIAS (NICO) lyric tenor
MELEAGROS lyric tenor
KINESIAS lyric baritone
*BION baritone; also sings SECOND GEEZER
TWO GEEZERS baritone and bass-baritone; also sing BION and PHILO
THE SPARTAN MEN:
MARON lyric tenor
*ALPHEUS lyric tenor; also sings ARES
LEONIDAS lyric bass-baritone
*PHILO bass-baritone; also sings SECOND GEEZER
THE OLYMPIANS:
*THREE FURIES:
TISIPHONE high lyric soprano: also sings CHARITO
ALECTO lyric soprano; also sings DIKA
MEGAERA mezzo-soprano; also sings ARETE
*APHRODITE high lyric soprano; also sings XANTHE
*ARES lyric tenor; also sings ALPHEUS
Instrumentation
  • Flute (doubling Piccolo)
  • Clarinet in B-flat (doubling Bass Clarinet)
  • Alto Saxophone (doubling Baritone Saxophone)
  • Bassoon (doubling Contrabassoon)
  • Horn in F
  • Trumpet in D or C
  • Timpani (roto-toms)
  • Percussion (1 or 2 players)
      • Chinese Opera Gong
      • Concert Marimba (low F)
      • Congas (5)
      • Crotales
      • Glockenspiel
      • Guiro
      • Metal Plate
      • Sandpaper Blocks
      • Snare Drum
      • Suspended Cymbal (small)
      • Tambourine
      • Tam-tam (small)
      • Temple Blocks (5)
      • Triangle
      • Vibraphone
      • Vibra-Slap
      Xylophone
  • Harp
  • Strings