THE SILK CITY, an opera
Libretto and Music by  Francesco Santelli
A new opera at its second performance by popular demand to be produced in the Spring 2022,  celebrating the drama of the Silk workers and the  story of an impossible passionate love  between an Irish weaver and the daughter of a Silk Mill  owner  in the `Silk City` of Paterson during the tumultuous times of the Silk  Strike of 1913. 


Samuel MacKensie, Tenor  
 Irish immigrant and  union leader in the Hutchinson Mill, skilled weaver and devout socialist in love with  Evelyn, daughter of the Mill`s owner. 

Evelyn Katryna Hutchinson, Soprano   
daughter of Henry  Hutchinson and  supervisor at the Hutchinson Mill, in  love with Samuel

Henry Hutchinson, Baritone
owner of the Hutchinson Silk Mill

Arianna Smith , Soprano,  a silk weaver  

Giovanna Ambrogio  Mezzo Soprano  
a ribbon weaver   

John Wilson  Tenor, a silk weaver   

Mark Davis , Baritone, a silk weaver  

John Bimson, Bass/Baritone 
Chief of the Paterson Police

Pietro Botto, Tenor,  a weaver
owner of the famous Botto House, workers rallying point during the strike

Maria Botto,  Soprano,   a weaver,  Pietro`s wife

Mayor Brueckmann Baritone, Haledon socialist mayor

Carlo Tresca, Tenor,  one of the  leaders of the Industrial Workers of the World  

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Soprano / Actress  
IWW feminist leader

Patrick Quinlan , Tenor,   IWW  leader 

Ensemble: Silk Weavers, Policemen, 
          Strike Committee Leaders