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Publisher: Chester Music

the CIVIL warS: a tree is best measured when it is down. ACT V - Rome Section (1984)
commissioned by the Opera di Roma
Work Notes
Opera in four scenes. Part of Robert Wilson's multi-composer epic for the Olympic Games of 1984. Libretto (Latin, Italian, English) by Maita di Nascemi and Robert Wilson.
Publisher
Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc
Category
Opera and Music Theatre
Sub Category
Operetta / Musical Theatre
Year Composed
1984
Duration
1 Hours 20 Minutes
Chorus
SATB
Soloist
Soprano, Mezzo soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Bass, 2 speaking parts (M&F)
Programme Note
Philip Glass the CIVIL warS: a tree is best measured when it is down. ACT V - Rome Section (1984)
CAST
General Lee - narrator (Robert Wilson)
Young Mrs. Lincoln - narrator (Laurie Anderson)
Garibaldi - tenor
Older Mrs. Lincoln and the Earth Mother - mezzo-soprano
Abraham Lincoln - baritone
The Snow Owl and Alcmene - soprano
Hercules - bass
Choir - SATB

SYNOPSIS
Part of Robert Wilson's multi-composer epic for the Olympic Games of 1984, the Rome Section of the "the CIVIL warS" is a unit all its own, non-narrative, and portrays the future, the present, the past (both near and distant), and the legendary - all existing simultaneously. The opera is symbolic, metaphysical, realistic, metaphorical, and its staging ranges from ancient Athens to the spaceship-filled future of the human race.

  • Ensemble
    American Composers Orchestra
    Conductor
    Dennis Russell Davies
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