Opera Scotland

Sublimation

Music

Nick Fells

Text

Zoë Strachan

 

Premieres

First Performance: Aberdeen (Elphinstone Hall, University), 15 May 2010.

Scottish Opera premiere: As above.

 

Background

The second item in the third series of Five:15s.

 

Characters

A Woman (soprano)

Her Sister (soprano)

Her son, a child (treble)

Lotis, a tree (dancer)

 

Programme Note

A woman is walking by a lake with her young son and her sister. Everything seems idyllic; dragonflies are dancing over the water and the flowers are in bloom. But the woman is haunted by the memory of a horrific experience from her past, which threatens her relationships with those she loves in the present -her child and her sister. As her memories intensify, the woman's story takes on a mythical aspect and she becomes caught up in a surreal transformation which leads to a difficult farewell and, ultimately, her release from pain.

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