The Making of the Representative for Planet 8
Composer: Philip Glass
Librettist: Doris Lessing
Original Cast: Andrew Shore (Doeg Memory-maker and Storyteller)
Richard Angas (Johor Canopean agent)
Gillian Webster (Klin Tender of Fruits and Plants)
Simon Masterton-Smith (Marl Keeper of the Herds)
Tamsin Dives (Bratch Guardian of Health)
John Kitchiner (Pedug Teacher of the Young)
Jady Pearl (Rivalin Custodian of the Lake)
Peter Bamber (Masson the Builder)
Lesley Garrett (Alsi a young woman)
Christopher Gillett (Nooni a young man)
Work Web Site: http://www.philipglass.com/music/compositions/maki
Premiere Date: July 08, 1988
Producing Company: Commissioned by:
Houston Grand Opera
English National Opera
Landestheater Kiel, German
Description: Doris Lessing's philosophical/mystical novel tells of an Eden-like planet plunged into an ice age that is extinguishing all life. Guided by the overlords from Canopus, an extra-terrestrial civilization, the people of Planet 8 learn to accept their individual deaths and evolve into a collective universal soul (the 'Representative' of the title), that survives physical destruction.
Character List (Major): 2S, Mz, A, 2Bas, 2B
Length: 03:00
Total Acts: 3
Chorus: SATB
Orchestration: 2(pic).2.2.bcl.2/ 4.3.2.btrb.1/ 3 perc (timp, SD, BD, cym, tamb, tgl, glsp)/ hp/ str
Contact: Dunvagen Music Publishers
Address: 632 Broadway, Suite 802 New York, NY 10012
E-mail Address: info@dunvagen.com
Phone: (212) 979-2080
Composer Web Site: http://www.philipglass.com
Librettist Web Site: http://www.dorislessing.org/
Publisher Web Site: www.philipglass.com
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