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Bitter Calm

opera in two acts for soloists, chorus and orchestra

Year:  1993   ·  Duration:  1h 30m
Instrumentation:  2sop,1ten,2bari,SATB chorus and orchestra: (2)22(2)2(2); 2220; 2perc,timp,2keyb; strs.

Year:  1993
Duration:  1h 30m
Instrumentation  2sop,1ten,2bari,SATB chorus...

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To borrow or hire parts please email SOUNZ directly at info@sounz.org.nz. Please note that only library members in New Zealand and Australia can borrow or hire parts.

About

Bitter Calm is a full length opera for five principals, chorus and orchestra in two acts. It is based on an incident at Motuarohia Island in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand in the 1840s. It is a drama of human passions in the contexts of land alienation and tensions between Maori and new settlers. Premiered at the New Zealand International Festival for the Arts in 1994 and filmed for television.


Commissioned note

Commissioned by Mercury Theatre, Auckland


Contents note

two acts


Text note

Libretto by Stuart Hoar


Performance history

11 Mar 1994: Performed by Wendy Dixon, Jenny Wollerman, Iosefa Enari, Roger Howell, G Harris, Wellington City Opera Chorus, Wellington Regional Orchestra (now Vector Welllington Orchestra) conducted by Patrick Thomas and directed by James Beaumont

Performed by Wendy Dixon (Elizabeth); Jenny Wollerman (Catherine); Geoffrey Harris (Roberton); Geoffrey Harris; Iosefa Enari (Matiu); Roger Howell (Thomas Bull) with Wellington City Opera Chorus and Wellington Regional Orchestra (now Vector Wellington Orchestra) conducted by John Hopkins

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