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A chamber opera
On the site of the forgotten Mysteries of Lerna, the compulsive relationship between a man and a woman reawakens the buried gods. They have scented a sacrifice. Back in the city, the woman clings to her domestic routine, trying to come to terms with the terrible manifestation she experienced with the man in Greece ...
Composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle
Libretto by Stephen Plaice
Directed by Stephen Langridge
Musical Director Alan Hacker
Designed by Alison Chitty
Lighting Design by Paul Pyant
Starring: Claire Booth, Amy Freston, Richard Morris, Joe Alessi, Teresa Banham, Sam McElroy
Première - Aldeburgh Festival: 11th June 2004
'Some of the most expressive music Birtwistle has written, and, as ever,
there is the rich symbiosis between the gestures of the music and those
depicted on stage. Vivid haunting and complex..the whole thing is a singular
Andrew Clements The Guardian
'Intellectually rivetting, musically groundbreaking, rich in mythological
allusions that will send us scurrying back to our Ovids with renewed zeal'
Richard Morrison The Times
'Weirdly compelling.. the sense of something dark being stirred into life,
of violence tightly contained, was riveting. The beautifully-designed production
seemed the perfect revelation of the work in all its vivid strangeness.'