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Philip Glass

Publisher: Chester Music

The Fall of the House of Usher (1988)
commissioned by the American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, MA and the Kentucky Opera
Work Notes
Opera in two acts. Libretto (English) by Arthur Yorinks based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe.
Text Writer
Arthur Yorinks based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe
Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc
Opera and Music Theatre
Year Composed
1 Hour 30 Minutes
English, German
Soprano, 2 Tenors, Baritone, Bass
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Programme Note
Philip Glass The Fall of the House of Usher (1988)
Madeleine Usher - lyric soprano
Roderick Usher - tenor
William, a visitor - baritone
Physician - tenor
Servant - bass

Poe's famous horror story has fascinated poets, dramatists and composers for over a century. Poe hints at much, but states hardly anything at all. Is the story real, or is it a hallucination? What are the relationships between the narrator (William), his friend Roderick Usher, and Roderick's dying sister, Madeleine? Has she been buried alive, or is it a demon from hell who takes such spectacular revenge at the end? And is the vast house in which they live a living, malignant entity? Incest, homosexuality, murder and supernatural hang in the air, but, then again, such things may exist only in the imagination of the audience.

  • 28 JAN 2020
    Koninklijke Schouwburg Den Haag, Netherlands
    Stichting Opera 2Day / New European Ensemble
    Carlo Boccadoro, conductor

    Other Dates:
    19 January - Theater aan de Schie -try-out Schiedam, Netherlands
    29 January; 12,13 February - Koninklijke Schouwburg Den Haag, Netherlands
    4 February - Stadsschouwburg Nijmegen, Netherlands
    5 February - de Lawei Drachten, Netherlands
    8 February - Deventer Schouwburg Deventer, Netherlands
    15 February - Stadsschouwburg Haarlem, Netherlands
    18 February - Carré Amsterdam, Netherlands
    19 February - de Flint Amersfoort, Netherlands
    25 February - SPOT Groningen, Netherlands
    26 February - de Vest Alkmaar, Netherlands
    28 February - Parktheater Eindhovenn Netherlands
    29 February - Theaters Tilburg, Tilburg, Netherlands
    3 March - Theater Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
    4 March - Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Netherlands
    6 March - 30CC Leuven, Belgium
    10 March - PLTheater Kerkrade, Netherlands
    11 March - Stadstheater Arnhem, Netherlands
    13 March - Goudse Schouwburg Gouda, Netherlands
    14 March - de Kunstmin Dordrecht, Netherlands
    16 March - Theater aan de Parade Den Bosch, Netherlands
    18,19 March - Koninklijke Schouwburg Den Haag, Netherlands

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