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Gian Carlo Menotti

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Martin’s Lie (1964)
Text Writer
Libretto by the composer.
Publisher
G Schirmer Inc
Category
Opera and Music Theatre
Sub Category
Chamber Opera
Year Composed
1964
Duration
50 Minutes
Chorus
treble chorus
Language
English
Solo Instrument(s)
Mezzo soprano, 3 Trebles, Tenor, Baritone, Bass
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Programme Note
Gian Carlo Menotti Martin’s Lie (1964)
Cast List:

   MARTIN, a boy of about 12: Boy soprano
   CHRISTOPHER, another boy, slightly older than Martin: Boy soprano
   TIMOTHY: a very young boy: Boy soprano
   NANINGA, a woman about 50: Mezzo-soprano
   FATHER CORNELIUS: Tenor
   THE STRANGER: Baritone
   THE SHERIFF: Bass
   THE ORPHANS: Children's chorus
   THE EXECUTIONER: silent role
   SOLDIERS: silent roles


Synopsis:

Set in the 14th century, Martin is an orphan in an asylum run by a loving housekeeper and a kind priest. Alone in the kitchen at night, Martin gives refuge to a stranger who claims to be his father. When Martin lies to the sheriff to protect the stranger, he is faced with torture and dies of fright.



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  • Ensemble
    Northern Sinfonia, Tees Valley Boys' Choir
    Soloist(s)
    Connor Burrowes (Treble), Luke Johnson (Treble), Ben Dixon (Treble), Matthew Best (Bass), Alan Opie (Baritone), Robin Leggate (Tenor), Pamela Helen Stephen (Mezzo Soprano)
    Conductor
    Richard Hickox
    Chandos:
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