Church Opera in One Act | 50 minutes
Libretto by Alasdair Middleton
S.T Soli–SATB Chorus
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.
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’.
Commissioned by the Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival
EP72234 - Available from Edition Peters
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