Scoring & Instrumentation
5 solo singers plus 14 instruments
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"a rare chance to hear Middle English sung...The melodic development and ornamentation of the intense, richly scored work reflect Ms. Shields' lengthy study of classical Indian raga." - New York Times
Three principal roles: soprano, lyric baritone, basso cantante.
Two secondary roles: mezzo-soprano, baritone
Ensemble: soprano, 2 mezzo-sopranos
Chamber orchestra: 14 solo instruments: flute/piccolo, oboe, English horn, bassoon; horn, trumpet in Bb, trombone; harp, piano; violin I, violin II, viola, cello, contrabass.
Text Language - Non English
solo voice(s)+large ensemble or orchestra
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$94.60 Act 1, part 1; $149.50 Act 1, part 2
$168.85 Act 2
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full score 855 pp
first performances of this work:
- April 24, 2008 American Virtuosi Opera Theater (concert performance of scenes), Elebash Hall, NYC|
- May 11, 2008 New York City Opera VOX (concert performance of scenes)
- May 27, 2009 Feminist Theory and Musicology 10 Symposium, University of North Carolina – Greensboro, first concert performance of several scenes in reduced orchestration for cello and piano.