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Work

2009
  • for solo soprano, mezzo, baritone and bass with chamber orchestra
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Duration:
15' 00"
Instrumentation:
for four singers; 213[bs]1; 1110; 2 perc.; pn; hp; strings

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Programme Note

Synopsis:

A young girl finds herself pregnant. When confronted by her parents she declares the child is a holy man’s. Despite the threat to his reputation and position, he accepts responsibility without complaint…but why? A timeless tale of humanity and forgiveness, with music inspired by the richly resonant sounds of the temple.

Text Note:
Text by Alan Spence
Commissioned:
Commissioned by Scottish Opera for 'Five: 15, Operas Made in Scotland'
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Influences:

Performance History

World Premiere for P: Zen Story; Scottish Opera; 150510 15 May 2010 Performed and presented by the Scottish Opera at the Elphinstone Hall, in Aberdeen, Scotland
16 May 2010 Performed and presented by the Scottish Opera at the Elphinstone Hall, in Aberdeen, Scotland
16 May 2010 Performed and presented by the Scottish Opera at the Elphinstone Hall, in Aberdeen, Scotland
20 May 2010 Performed and presented by the Scottish Opera at the Traverse Theatre, in Edinburgh, Scotland
21 May 2010 Performed and presented by the Scottish Opera at the Traverse Theatre, in Edinburgh, Scotland
22 May 2010 Performed and presented by the Scottish Opera at the Traverse Theatre, in Edinburgh, Scotland
25 May 2010 Performed and presented by the Scottish Opera at Òran Mór, in Glasgow, Scotland
26 May 2010 Performed and presented by the Scottish Opera at Òran Mór, in Glasgow, Scotland
27 May 2010 Performed and presented by the Scottish Opera at Òran Mór, in Glasgow, Scotland

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