Jeux

Opera in six acts in English, Spanish, Tswana, German, Arabic, Hebrew, Russian, and Greek

Libretto by the composer

CHARACTERS IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE

 

ACT I: 1904. SAINT LOUIS, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Fred Lorz, an American runner - tenor

Thomas Hicks, an American runner - bass

Andarín Carvajal, a Cuban runner - tenor

Len Taunyane, an African runner - tenor

Jan Mashiani, an African runner - bass

Alice Roosevelt, daughter of the President of the United States - soprano

 

ACT II: 1936. BERLIN, GERMAN REICH

Leni Riefenstahl, a German filmmaker - contralto

Betty Robinson, an American sprinter - soprano

Adolf Hitler, leader of Germany - tenor

Jesse Owens, an African-American runner - bass

Khadr El-Touni, an Egyptian weightlifter - baritone

 

ACT III: 1968. MEXICO CITY, MEXICO

Tommie Smith, an African-American athlete - tenor 

John Carlos, an African-American athlete - bass

Peter Norman, an Australian athlete - bass

David Cecil, the 6th Marquess of Exeter - tenor

ACT IV: 1972. MUNICH, GERMANY

scene 1

Wayne Collett, an African-American sprinter - tenor

Vincent Matthews, an African-American sprinter - bass

scene 2

Unnamed Man, in Latin America - bass 

Unnamed Jewish Woman, in The United States - contralto

Unnamed Man, in Palestine - baritone

intermezzo

scene 3

Jim Brewer, an African-American basketball player - tenor

Tom Henderson, an African-American basketball player - bass

Ivan Edeshko, a Soviet basketball player - tenor

Sergei Belov, a Soviet basketball player - bass

ACT V: 2000. SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Fernando Martin Vicente, head of the Spanish Federation for Mental Handicapped Sports - bass

Carlos Ribagorda, a Spanish journalist and “athlete” - tenor

Deborah Font Jiménez, a Spanish Paralympic swimmer - contralto

Purificacion Santamarta, a Spanish Paralympic sprinter - soprano

 

ACT VI: 2016. RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

Rose Lokonyen, a South Sudanese refugee runner - soprano

Popole Misenga, a DRC refugee judoka - tenor

Paulo Lokoro, a South Sudanese refugee runner -bass

Rami Anis, a Syrian Swimmer - baritone

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