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The Singing Lesson

chamber opera in three acts

Year:  2012   ·  Duration:  1h 30m
Instrumentation:  2 lyric sopranos, 2 dramatic mezzo-sopranos, 1 lyric contralto, 1 tenor buffo, 1 basso buffo; clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, bass trombone, 2 percussion, violin, double bass

Year:  2012
Duration:  1h 30m
Instrumentation  2 lyric sopranos, 2 dramati...

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ACT ONE / THE GARDEN PARTY: Synopsis: Laura is helping her mother, Mrs. Sheridan, in the preparations for a garden party, when it is discovered that a death has transpired at a nearby working-class neighbourhood. Laura is in favour of cancelling the party, but other members of her family are not. After the party is over, Laura is instructed by her mother to visit the bereaved family, which results in an enormous personal change – or does it?

ACT TWO / THE SINGING LESSON: Synopsis: Miss Meadows has been engaged, but now it appears to be over. How will she survive the embarrassment when this fact is discovered at the small school where she teaches? Or will it ever be discovered?

ACT THREE / THE DOLL’S HOUSE: Synopsis: The arrival of a new doll’s house at the home of Kezia & Isabel creates quite a stir amongst their friends at school. However, Kezia & Isabel’s desire to invite the Kelvey children (who are of a lower social class) to see the new house, causes friction between them and their Aunt Beryl.

Difficulty note

Suitable for professional groups

Dedication note

Maureen Vance & Michael Vance and to the memory of Myra

Text note

Katherine Mansfield (PD)