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a chamber opera

Year:  1998   ·  Duration:  1h 30m
Instrumentation:  Television newsreader (spoken voice), Nobelman (baritone), Castelli (tenor), Galileo (baritone), Boy/Angel (mezzo soprano), Three Priests (tenor/baritones), Heretic (baritone), Christina (soprano), Military Man (baritone), Sea Captain (baritone), Troubadour (mezzo soprano), Cardinal Bellarmino (tenor), Pope Urban VIII (bass baritone), Pope John Paul II (baritone), small chorus of townspeople; flute doubling piccolo, oboe, clarinet doubling bass clarinet, horn, piano, percussion, violin and cello. Electroacoustic music played through at least eight loudspeakers. DVD of visuals.

Year:  1998
Duration:  1h 30m
Instrumentation  Television newsreader (spok...

John Rimmer

Composer:   John Rimmer

Films, Audio & Samples

Sample Video

Sample: Excerpt from Galileo by John Rimmer

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Sample Score

Sample: Pages 1-2,19-20,35-36,58-59

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Sample Score

Sample: Act 1, Scene 1

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for 6 singers, small chorus and 8 players, also using electroacoustic music and DVD of visuals

Contents note

Prologue: Galileo 1992

Act 1: The Size of Lucifer
Act 2: The Legend of Galileo
Act 3: The Trial of Galileo

Epilogue: Galileo 1992

Text note

Libretto by Witi Ihimaera

Performance history

18 Sep 1998: Performed by Auckland University Orchestra cond. John Rimmer, David Griffiths (baritone) and singing students from the School of Music; Music Theatre, Auckland University

10 Apr 2002: Performed by ensemble and soloists from University of Auckland including David Griffiths, conducted by Uwe Grodd, directed by John Davies; Maidment Theatre, Auckland

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