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Universal Edition - Sir Harrison Birtwistle – The Mask of Orpheus

Sir Harrison Birtwistle

Sir Harrison Birtwistle
The Mask of Orpheus

Year of composition: 1973-1984
Subtitle: Opera in 3 acts
Composer: Sir Harrison Birtwistle
Librettist: Peter Zinovieff
Original Language: Englisch
Parts: Orpheus - The Man, 1st tenor
Orpheus - Hero, mime
Orpheus - The Myth, Hades, 2nd tenor
Euridice - The Woman, 1st lyric mezzo-soprano
Euridice - The Heroine, mime
Euridice - The Myth, Persephone, 2nd lyric mezzo-soprano
Aristaeus - The Man, 1st high baritone
Aristaeus - The Hero, mime
Aristaeus - The Myth / Charon, 2nd high baritone
The Oracle of the dead / Hecate, high soprano
The Caller, bass-baritone
1. Priest, heroic tenor
2. Priest, baritone
3. Priest, low bass
1. Woman, soprano
2. Woman, mezzo-soprano
3. Woman, alto
The troupe of the passing clouds, mimes
Apollo, tape
Choir: SATB (16-stimmig)
Instrumentation: 4 4 4 4 - 4 4 6 2 - perc(7), hp(3), sop.sax(3), e.guit, bass guit, e.mand, tape
Instrumentation details:
1. fl (+picc), 2. fl (+picc, Afl), 3. fl (+picc, Afl), 4. fl (+Afl, bass fl), 1. ob (+ob.d'a), 2. ob (+c.a), 3. ob (+c.a), bassoboe (+c.a), 1. Kl (+cl(Eb)), 2. Kl (+cl(Eb), bass cl), 3. Kl (+bass cl), bass cl (+cb.cl)), 1. bs, 2. bs (+cbsn), 3. bs (+cbsn), cbsn, 3 soprano sax, 4 hr, 4 tpt, 6 tbn, 2 tuba, perc (7), 3 hp, e-guit, bass guit, e-mand, tape
Commissioned by: Commissioned by English National Opera with the help of funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain and the RVW Trust
Duration: 210′
Dedication: for Kay Wadey
 
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World Première

Location: Coliseum London / Great Britain
Date: 21.05.1986
Conductor: Elgar Howarth
Scenery: David Freeman
Main Soloists: Philip Langridge, Nigel Robson, Jean Rigby, Ethna Robinson, Tom McDonnell, Rodney Macann, Marie Angel, Richard Angas
Remarks: 2. Dirigent: Paul Daniel

libretto - The Mask of Orpheus

The Mask of Orpheus
  • Edition type: libretto

libretto - The Mask of Orpheus

The Mask of Orpheus
  • Edition type: libretto

study score - The Mask of Orpheus

The Mask of Orpheus
  • Edition type: study score

study score - The Mask of Orpheus

The Mask of Orpheus
  • Edition type: study score

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