The Walk from The Garden

Ageas Salisbury International Festival (Adrian Harris)

Ageas Salisbury International Festival (Adrian Harris)

“The Walk from the Garden was premiered in Salisbury Cathedral at the 40th Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival and was the culmination of three years of development, drawing creative and financial partners around the project as it blossomed and grew. The performances were rapturously received by audiences and music critics alike and we feel privileged to have played a part in bringing this remarkable music into the world.”Maria Bota | Festival Director

 

A Church Opera in One Act

Libretto by Alasdair Middleton after the novel by Carlo Collodi

Commissioned by the Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival

Premiere: Salisbury Cathedral, 30 May 2012

The story of Adam and Eve’s banishment from the Garden of Eden has a particular resonance in a time of growing awareness of man’s impact on the planet. This moving and poignant 50-minute church opera in 12 scenes is scored for an unusual but approachable line-up: 2 solo singers, chorus, string quartet, timpani and organ. Ideal for companies taking work out of the opera house and introducing opera to the wider community.

Synopsis

The voice of God pronounces Adam and Eve’s banishment. The pair move from numb shock to recollection of their first days in Eden. They contemplate what will be lost, finally making their way into an unknown world, as the chorus sings ‘They, hand in hand, with wandering steps and slow, Through Eden, took their solitary way’.

Production History

Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival, UK May 2010.

Lichfield Festival, UK July 2012.

Scottish Opera, Connect Company UK April 2015

Rackham Choir, USA, May 2016

Duration, Technical Information and Resources

The Walk from the Garden (2012)

Church Opera in One Act | 50 minutes

Libretto by Alasdair Middleton

S.T Soli—SATB Chorus

Timp—Org—Str(1.1.1.1.0)

Commissioned by the Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival

First performed 30 May 2012, Salisbury Cathedral, UK

EP 72234

Roles

Eve Soprano
Adam Tenor
Chorus

Photos

Ageas Salisbury International Festival (Adrian Harris)

Ageas Salisbury International Festival (Adrian Harris)

Ageas Salisbury International Festival (Adrian Harris)

Ageas Salisbury International Festival (Adrian Harris)

Video

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVvsUGig1kA]

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