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The Cask of Amontillado

Elysia Ann Arntzen, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


This document details the process of creating an opera, from its inception through the premiere. Opera is a very large musical genre, and having a new opera premiered poses different challenges than other musical genres. I discuss the adaptation of the short story, The Cask of Amontillado, into an opera libretto, the composition of the opera, the production and directing of the opera, and what I learned in the process. In the conclusion, I discuss what I have learned as a composer and director, as well as how I can use this knowledge in future productions.

Subject Area

Musical composition

Recommended Citation

Arntzen, Elysia Ann, "The Cask of Amontillado" (2018). ETD collection for University of Nebraska-Lincoln. AAI10792411.