David Sawer: From Morning to Midnight

  • Opera in 7 scenes (1998-2001)
  • 3 2 3 2 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, perc(4), hp, keyboard, strings - on stage players: cl, tpt, euph, tuba, perc(3)
  • Duration: 100’
  • Instrumentation details:
    3 2 3 2 - 4 3 3 1 - timps, 4 perc, hp, keyboard, strings - on stage players: 1 cl, 1 tpt, 1 euph, 1 tuba, 3 perc
  • Choir: SATB
  • Roles: 3 S, MS, A, 3 T, 2 Bar, 1 B
  • Composer: David Sawer
  • Librettist: David Sawer
  • Writer of pre-existing text: Georg Kaiser
  • Commission: Commissioned by English National Opera, with funds provided by the Britten-Pears Foundation

Work introduction

“His command of skills that brand-X composers take half a dozen operas to perfect is complete: dramatic shape and pace, the specific gravity of music-with-action. Structurally the piece is faultless. His musical language, very low on the squeaky-gate scale, need terrify no one: he loves his Debussy and Ravel (who doesn’t?) and has a nice line in some Prokofiev- style grotesquerie. Much more significant is the clarity of his musical thought: you know exactly why every note is there and what – operatically – it is for.” (Rodney Milnes, The Times)


World première

English National Opera, London (GB)
Orchestra of the English National Opera
Martyn Brabbins
Main soloists:
Kathryn Harries, Linda Kitchen, Susan Bickley, Heather Shipp, Gail Pearson, John Daszak, Mark Le Brocq, Fredrik Strid, Robert Poulton, Roderick Williams, Graeme Danby

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