Additional Information

Libretto: Christina Jones

An ensemble piece for young professional singer/actors

Commissioned by English National Opera's 'The Knack'

First performance ENO Works, Old Shoreditch Library, London, 8 May 2004

The Knack Ensemble - artistic director Mary King

Director: Designer: Conductor: Gerry Cornelius

CAST

Security people – medium voices (minimum 3) 

4 locals – SSA male voice – all medium range 

Lucia* – hotel manageress – mezzo/jazz voice

Bridegroom* – counter-tenor, or baritone Best Man - baritone
Bride* – dramatic soprano
Bride’s mother - mezzo

Three Bridesmaids - SSA

Press: Reporter
Press: Sound
Press: Camera – all medium voices, male or female

Birdwatchers – male and female, groups or solos 

Birdwatcher couple A* (soprano)
Birdwatcher couple B* (tenor)

Refugee 1* - soprano 

Refugee 2* – alto

Hotel Owners – minimum 3 – medium voices
Echoes – chorus+ solo opportunities – to include all of the above voices

nb: A Very Private Beach is conceived as an ensemble piece for young professional singers/actors. The advanced vocal parts are marked with an asterisk – the voice types and indeed sex of many of the performers can be flexible, depending on availability.

Oboe + Cor-Anglais, Clarinet+ Bass Clarinet, 'Cello, Harp, Piano

SYNOPSIS

On a beach in Italy, recently taken away from the locals as part of a huge luxury hotel chain, a society wedding is disrupted by a shipwreck of illegal immigrants. 

 

Details

Year:
2004
Category:
Music Theatre
Publisher:
Composer
View Score
Minutes:
48
Total Number of Instruments:
5

Instrumentation

Bass clarinet
1
Cello
1
Choir
1
Chorus
1
Clarinet
1
Cor anglais
1
Harp
1
Oboe
1
Piano
1

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A Very Private Beach