Mary, Queen of Scots
Composer: Thea Musgrave
Librettist: Thea Musgrave
Other Artistic Personnel: Peter Mark, Conductor
Original Cast: Ashley Putnam, Jon Garrison, Barry Busse, The Virginia Opera Association Orchestra and Chorus.
Premiere Date: March 29, 1978
Producing Company: Virginia Opera
Description: Mary, Catholic Queen of Scotland and widowed Queen of France, has been invited by the Protestant Lords to return and assume the Scottish crown. The opera concentrates on halfbrother, James Stewart. Mary’s personality is expressed through the different situations in which she finds herself – her marriage to Darnley; her stormy relationship with Bothwell; and her confrontation with her brother. In each she vies with the other to win the favour of the Lords of the Council and the allegiance of the people so as to have ultimate power and control. It is a struggle to the death.
Comments: World Premiere: 6 September 1977, Edinburgh International Festival, Scottish Opera; Artistic personnel: Thea Musgrave, conductor; Colin Graham, director
Length: 02:12
Total Acts: 3
Chorus: Chorus (min 32)
Orchestration: 2 fl(2 picc), 3 ob(2 Eng Hrn), 2 cl(bcl), 2 bsn(dbsn) - 3 hrn, 2 tpt, 1 tbn - timp, 2 perc - hp, org - str(8 vln1, 6 vln2, 5 vla, 4 vc, 2 db)
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Composer Web Site: http://www.theamusgrave.com
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