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Abelard and Heloise

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Abelard and Heloise : a musical drama in two acts / lyrics: Paul Kavanagh ; music: Ross Fiddes ; dramaturg/artistic advisor: Matthew Lazarus-Hall.

by Ross Fiddes and Paul Kavanagh (1999)

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  • Instrumentation: 4 sopranos, 3 mezzo-sopranos, mezzo-alto, 8 tenors, 5 baritones, 4 basses, SATB chorus, piano (reduction of instrumental parts).  Chamber orchestra is required.
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This is the very best kind of love story. It's true, absolutely true, based on the passionate letters of the lovers themselves and an autobiography by Abelard. And it's tragic, in the most intimate way you can imagine. At the height of their passion Abelard is castrated by Heloise's enraged uncle and relatives. Then, in his shame and horror, to add separation and waste to the recipe, Abelard orders Heloise into a nunnery, and becomes a monk himself.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (182p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Quality voices are needed with good enunciation. Dramatic and/or highly lyrical singing of a high order needed. Some complex passges, especially for chorus.

Duration: 140 min.

Contents note:

Two acts.  Simple staging.

First performance 10 Oct 02. Christchurch Cathedral, Newcastle

A mix of opera, musicals, jazz, with some "pop".

In 1997 the creators were awarded the supreme CONDA (City of Newcastle Drama Award) for Exellence in Newcastle Theatre based on a concert performance of the work. In 2002 Fiddes was awarded the CONDA for Musical Direction of the premiere staging of the work.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 2002.

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