Cassandra
Composer: Ian McAndrew
Librettist: Gordon Portman
Other Artistic Personnel: Michael Jarvis, Music Director
Original Cast: Carolyn Sinclair (Cassandra), Jane Archibald (Andromache/Electra), Jo-Anne Bentley (Hecuba/Clytemnestra), Michael Colvin (Apollo/Pyrrhus/Sailor), Andrew Tees (Agamemnon), Jon-Paul Décosse (Priam/Ajax).
Premiere Date: May 25, 2003
Producing Company: Amphion Opera
Description: Apollo offers Cassandra the gift of prophecy in exchange for sexual favors, but she is so overwhelmed by the images of bloodshed and destruction that she refuses his further advances and asks that he take back his gift. Infuriated, he curses her—although she will be able to fortell the future, no one will believe her. The rest of the opera follows the catastrophic consequences of her decision through the downfall of Troy, Cassandra's capture by Agamemnon, and her eventual death at the hands of Agamemnon's wife, Clytemnestra.
Length: 01:15
Total Acts: 5
Orchestration: ob, bsn, D tpt, hpsd, str quintet
Musical Style: Lyrical-Serial: through-composed, although fairly strictly divided into arias and ensemble numbers from duets to sextets.
Contact: Ian McAndrew
Address: 406-110 Wellesley Street East
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4Y 1J1
E-mail Address: mail@ianmcandrew.ca
Phone: 416-962-7137
Composer Web Site: http://www.ianmcandrew.ca
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