Opera Scotland

Angelus The Angelus

Music

Edward Naylor (born 1867; died 1934).

Text

Wilfrid Thornely.

 

Premieres

First Performance: London (Covent Garden), 27 January 1909.

First Performance in Scotland: Aberdeen (His Majesty's Theatre), 6 January 1921.

 

Background

Edward Naylor's opera was premiered at Covent Garden, having won the Ricordi Prize as the best new English opera. It received a further concert performance at Cambridge in 1914. The revival in 1921, which may have opened in Aberdeen, led to a further presentation at Covent Garden on 1 December 1921.

 

Main Characters

Mortals:

Abbot Tunstall (bass)

Francis, a novice (tenor)

Beatrice (soprano)

Catherine, her mother (mezzo-soprano)

Immortals:

Sylvia, Queen of the Wood Nymphs (soprano)

Angel of Death (mezzo-soprano)

The Cast

Abbot Tunstall
 
Angel of Death
 
Beatrice
 
Catherine
 Beatrice's mother
First Nymph
 
First Villager
 
Francis
 a novice
Lutteral
 a villager
Sylvia
 Queen of the Wood Nymphs

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