“Volpone” (“The Fox”), 2004, is a bright, biting comedy inspired by the classic Ben
Jonson play of the same name.
The wealthy Volpone feigns mortal illness in order to con a group of his so-called
“friends” into believing that each of them will inherit his fortune. The lengths to
which they go in the name of greed make for an evening of high humor. Guest Conductor
John McKeever, who earned a B.M. in double bass and an M.M. in orchestral conducting from UNCSA, will lead the orchestra. Guest artist Eve Summer, whose productions have been called “ingenious” and “imaginative” by Opera News,
will direct. “Volpone” is sung in English, with music by John Musto and libretto by