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Stewart Copeland

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Tell Tale Heart (2010)
Text Writer
Stewart Copeland
Publisher
Palmyra Music
Category
Opera and Music Theatre
Sub Category
Chamber Opera
Year Composed
2010
Duration
30 Minutes
Language
English
Soloist
S, Mz, Ten, Bar, B
Programme Note
Stewart Copeland Tell Tale Heart (2010)
Cast:

   EDGAR: Baritone
   ALAN: Tenor (also POLICE OFFICER ONE)
   SHADOW EDGAR: Bass-baritone (also POLICE OFFICER TWO)
   NEIGHBOR ONE: Soprano (also CRONE PRISONER)
   NEIGHBOR TWO: Mezzo-soprano (also YOUNG PRISONER)

Synopsis:

An unnamed narrator insists on his sanity after murdering an old man with a "vulture eye." The murder was carefully calculated, and the murderer hides the body by dismembering it and hiding it under the floorboards. Ultimately the narrator's guilt manifests itself in the hallucination that the man's heart is still beating under the floorboards.





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Performances
Date
Title
  • 11 MAY 2013
    Tell Tale Heart US Premiere
    Long Beach, CA
    Long Beach Opera
    Andreas Mitisek, conductor

    Other Dates:
    18,19 May - Long Beach, CA
  • 11 MAY 2013
    Long Beach, CA
    Long Beach Opera
    Andrew Mitisek, conductor

    Other Dates:
    12-19 May - Long Beach, CA
  • 11 MAY 2013
    Long Beach, CA
    Long Beach Opera

    Other Dates:
    12-19 May - Long Beach, CA
  • 08 APR 2011
    Tell Tale Heart World Premiere
    London, England
    ROH2 Opera Shots

Reviews
Copeland's score...is perfectly effective. This murderer really does hear voices in his head - singing in harmony too. And his Jekyll-like split personality is cleverly conveyed by musical means.
Richard Morrison, The Times,4/11/2011
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