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The Strangest of Angels

an opera in three scenes

Year:  2022 Instrumentation:  ORCHESTRA: Flute (dbl. Picc.), Oboe (dbl. Cor Anglais), Bb Clarinet 1 (dbl. Eb Clar.), Bb Clarinet 2 (dbl. Eb Clar., Bb Bass Clar.), Bassoon, 2 Horns in F, Trumpet in C, Harp, Percussion, Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, (strings each one player only) / PERCUSSION: S.D., 2 Bongos, Talking Drum, Tenor Drum, 4 Roto-Toms, Large Tom-Tom, B.D. Glockenspiel, Castanets, 2 Sandpaper Blocks, Ratchet, Fouet, Small Triangle, 4 Toy Cymbals, Susp. Cymbal (with bow), Sizzle Cymbal, Large Tam-Tam

Year:  2022
Instrumentation  ORCHESTRA: Flute (dbl. Picc...

Composer:   Kenneth Young

Films, Audio & Samples

Kenneth Young: The Stranges...

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An opera that explores a fictional encounter between author Janet Frame and a psychiatric nurse at Seacliff Hospital near Dunedin.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Anna Leese

Contents note

Scene One
— Interlude 1
Scene Two
— Interlude 2
Scene Three

Text note

Libretto by Georgia Jamieson Emms