Thebans

(2013-4)

by Julian Anderson

Description
opera in three acts
Duration
c. 114
Genres
Opera
Text
Frank McGuinness after Sophocles
Instrumentation
3(II=picc & fl tuned ¼-tone flat, III=picc & afl).3(III=ca).3(II=cl tuned ¼-tone flat, III=bcl).bcl(=cl).cbcl.3(III=cbsn) - 4.3(I=optional flhn, III=optional tpt in D).3.1 - perc(5): I: glsp/crot (shared with II)/2 miniature wdbl/2 tgl (high, medium)/large ratchet/mcas (small)/finger.cym (pair - very high)/bell tree/cast/SD II: 2 medium wdbl/2 sus.cym (medium, large)/mcas (medium)/finger.cym (pair - high)/toy drum/BD (large) III: 2 large wdbl/mcas (large)/finger.cym (pair - medium)/tom-tom (large, struck with sticks and with a leather strap)/2 tam-t (medium and large with clash cymbal plate) IV: t.bells/2 very large wdbl/2 vibraslaps (medium, low)/whip/large ocean drum/tom-tom (very large, struck with sticks and with a leather strap) V: mar/hand bells (chromatic set with internal clappers removed, suspended from a rack and struck from the outside with tuned percussion beaters)/2 gueros (large, very large)/hyoshigi (Japanese Kabuki clappers)/anvil (low)/large rainstick/large cym - harp - pno/synth - strings
Singer(s)
9 Singers: Antigone (S)/Jocasta (M)/Oedipus (Bar)/Creon (T)/Polynices (Bar)/Tiresias (B)/Messenger/King Theseus (CT)/Stranger from Corinth/Haemon/Stranger (T)/Shepherd (Bar) Chorus of citizens of Thebes
Languages
English
Commission
Commissioned by English National Opera with support from The Boltini Trust, PRS for Music Foundation and ENO’s Contemporary Opera Group
First Performance
3.5.2014, Coliseum, London, UK: English National Opera/Edward Gardner
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