Sophie's Choice

(2002)

by Nicholas Maw

Description
opera in four acts
Duration
200
Genres
Opera
Text
Nicholas Maw based on the book by William Styron
Instrumentation
3(II=afl.III=picc).3(III=ca).3(II=bcl.III=Ebcl).3(III=cbsn) - 5331 - timp - perc(2/3): SD/TD/BD/tam-t/susp.cym/cyms/tgl/wdbl/whip/bongos/tamb/vib/celesta - harp - strings
Singer(s)
Narrator (bass-baritone), Sophie Zawitowska (mezzo-soprano), Nathan Landau (high baritone), Stingo (tenor) & SATB chorus
Languages
English
Commission

Commissioned by BBC Radio 3 in association with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

First Performance
7.12.02, UK, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London: The Royal Opera/Sir Simon Rattle
Availability

Libretto 0-571-52126-6, vocal score 0-571-52125-8 on sale, full score, and parts for hire

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'Sophie's Choice' reviews

‘Sophie’s Choice is masterful and simply one of the most compelling operas I have seen. It already has the air of an oft - performed work, not a newly-commissioned piece. Maw ’s sense of dramatic pacing is felt at every moment and he outstrips every other composer working today. His dialogue is easily understood yet remains profound. Nunn ’s production–one of the most expensive mounted by the opera house–is astonishing…Despite its four hours, including a 30-minute interval, the performance i Read more

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