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Winter's Tale
John Harbison
John Harbison
David Agler (Conductor)
August 20, 1979
American Opera Projects
Leontes, King of Sicilia, his wife Hermione, their son Mamillius, Polixenes, King of Bohemia and Camillo, a Lord of Sicilia engage in a plot encompassing conflicting deceits, jealousies, murders and redemption. Leontes is consumed by irrational jealousy regarding Hermione and Polixenes. His resulting actions cause years of anguish and unhappiness. When Perdita, Leontes’s banished daughter, appears sixteen years later, Leontes finally recognises and accepts her. He discerns the long-hidden truth and all are reconciled. Perdita views the statue of her mother and when Leontes proclaims renewed faith in his marriage, Hermione is brought back to life and descends from the pedestal. Human error has been redeemed.
Hermione(dram s)
Perdita(lyr s)
SATB, min 16 singers
2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bsn - 2 hrn, 2 tpt - perc - str
min 4 solo dancers
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