Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely

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About Toshi

The Temptation Of St. Anthony

St. Anthony will be going to Melbourne, Australia in October 2007!

Paris Opera Garnier
Nov/Dec 2005:

  • 12 SOLD OUT Shows
  • 1st Black Company to Perform
  • BIGLovely the 1st Rock Band to Rock The House


Buy the Temptation of St Anthony (2 CD set) from Goldenrod Music

The Temptation Of St Anthony is an opera created by Bernice Johnson Reagon (composer/librettist) and Robert Wilson (director/staging/lights). The Orchestra is Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely, Musical Director: Toshi Reagon, and the cast is 16 incredible singer actors including Carl Hancock Rux, Christalyn Wright and Helga Davis. This Opera is based on the text of Flaubert’s The Temptation Of St. Anthony.

Banner advertising Temptation of St. Anthony hung on the side of the Palace Opera Garnier

The work was conceived in NYC in May of 2003 the we continued to work Duisburg, Germany, and had our worl premier at the Gebläsehalle, Ruhrtriennale, in July 2003. Over the next 3 years we performed at the following places: Siracuse, Italy, Greek Theatre, Ortigia Festival, Peralada, Spain, Festival di Peralada, Santander, Spain, Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria, Festival de Santander, London, Great Britain, Sadler’s Wells, New York, U.S. BAM Opera House Bari, Italy Teatro Piccinni Amsterdam, Netherlands, Het Muziektheater Bilbao, Spain, Teatro Arriaga Madrid, Spain, Teatro Espanol

Sometimes in your life you get to do things you never thought you would do- see places you never thought you would see and work with folks that teach you something new every time you share a room with them.

All the while you are being innovative and revolutionary because everywhere you go people say “I have never seen anything like that before, thank you” - The Paris Opera house was our last scheduled performance and I do not know if it will happen again anywhere but I am so grateful to be a part of the experience.


Inspired by Gustave Flaubert’s text

Direction, set design, lighting concept Robert Wilson

Music and libretto Bernice Johnson Reagon

Costumes by Geoffrey Holder

Co-direction Ann Christin Rommen

Collaboration to set design Stephanie Engeln

Lighting design A.J. Weissbard

Sound design Peter Cerone

Music director Bernice Johnson Reagon

Tour Music director and instrumental arrangements Toshi Reagon

Band leader, guitar and vocals Toshi Reagon

Guitar and vocals Judith Casselberry

Electric guitar Adam Widoff

Bass Fred Cash

Drums Robert Burke

Percussion Annette A. Aguilar

Production delegate Carole Fierz

Stage manager Sue Jane Stoker

Technical director James Farula

Producers Elisabetta di Mambro, Franco Laera Change Performing Arts

Singers: Carl Hancock Rux and Helga Davis

with Stephanie Battle; Bukanla; Aleta Hayes; Darrin Frisby; Marcelle Lashley; Angela Kismet Lyles; Gloria McNeal; Conrad Neblett; Josette Newsam; James Staten; Jason Walker; Charles Williams; Leonard Wooldridge; Christalyn Wright