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River Lavalle

a chamber opera

Year:  2011   ·  Duration:  1h
Instrumentation:  5 Singers - Sop (Bubbles), Sop/Mezzo (River), Mezzo (Monica), Bari (Sam), Bass (Billy) 1 Actor (Joe - spoken role) Flute, Clarinet (Bb/A), 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Sound Effect Operator, 1 or 2 additional typewriter players

Year:  2011
Duration:  1h
Instrumentation  5 Singers - Sop (Bubbles), ...

Chris Adams

Composer:   Chris Adams

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River Lavalle is a chamber opera for six singers and eight instrumentalists (including a sound effects operator) presented as a 1940s style radio play detective story with an underlying environmental theme.

Commissioned note

Libretto written as part of the University of Otago Burns Fellowship. Music written as part of the University of Otago Mozart Fellowship.

Text note

Libretto by Fiona Farrell

Performance history

29 Jan 2012: Performed at the Allen Hall, University of Otago, Dunedin. Cast: Helen Acheson (River), Joel Amosa (Billy), Morag Atchison (Bubbles), Elisha Fai-Hulton (Monica), Harry Love (Joe), Lawrence Mossman (Sam) Ensemble: Tessa Petersen (concertmaster), Peter Adams, Kirsten Bevin, Sarah Claman, Hannah Cone, Robbie Ellis, Anna Petersen, Matt Wilson.

10 Feb 2024: Performed by Nicola Holt (soprano), Hannah Darroch (flute), John Robinson (clarinet), Jeremy Woodside (piano), Sarah McCracken (violin), Amandine Combes-Guerin (violin), Sophia Acheson (viola) and Jeremy Garside (cello) as part of Songs for Helen, The Piano, Christchurch, 10 February 2024.

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