The Silver Tassie
Composer: Mark-Anthony Turnage
Librettist: Amanda Holden
Other Artistic Personnel: Bill Bryden, Director; Bill Dudley, Designer
Original Cast: Gerald Finley (bass-baritone)
Premiere Date: February 16, 2000
Producing Company: English National Opera
Description: The action takes place during the Great War, circa 1917, in a small town in Ireland as well as at the front of the war. The story is of Harry Heegan, a football hero, whose life is destroyed when he is wounded and loses the use of his legs. The story also tells of how the war has changed the lives of those around him.
Character List (Major): Harry Heegan(bar), Susie Monican(mz), Mrs. Foran(s), Teddy Foran(bar), Barney Bagnal(bar), Jessie Taite(s), Mrs. Heegan(mz), Sylvester Heegan(t), Dr. Maxwell(t), The Croucher(b), Officer(t), Corporal(bar)
Bit Parts: Stretcher Bearers
Length: 02:00
Total Acts: 4
Chorus: Boys Chorus, Soldiers, Mens Chorus
Orchestration: 3 fl(2 picc, afl), 3 ob(3 Eng Hrn), 2 cl(2 Acl, bcl), bcl(Bbcl), 3 bsn(3 cbn), ssax(asax) - 4 hrn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn(3 euph), 1 tba - 3 perc(timp, sndr, TD, large BD, pedal BD, 2 tom-toms, large sus cym, smal sus cym, splash cym, sizz cym, wdbl, 4tbl, tamb, wh, tri, large tam-tam, 7 tuned gngs(B, C, D, Eb, E, F, G), Japanese temple bell, 4 large cb, log dr, brake dr, mar, vib, crots, tub bells, large metal bar, cast, lion's roar, harmonica) - hp, pf(cel), upright pf (act IV only) - str(12 vln1, 12 vln2, 10 vla, 8 vc, 6 db)
Musical Style: Influences of Britten and Tippett; lyrical; modern
Contact: Schott Music Corporation
Publisher Web Site: http://www.schott-music.com
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