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Rembrandt's wife : an opera

by Andrew Ford and Sue Smith (2009)

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Work Overview

Libretto by Sue Smith.

Rembrandt's Wife tells the story of one of the world's great painters. At the startt of the opera, Rembrandt's wife, Saskia, is dead, and he looks to his son's nurse, Geertje for comfort. But, soon enough, he betrays her for a new muse. Geertje is condemned to an asylum as Rembrandt takes to his bed the young housemaid, Hendrickje - his Bathsheba. As his genius is eclipsed by fashions for new, younger painters, Rembrandt is bankrupted. Finally he must sell the only thing of value remaining to him: Saskia's grave.

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: Soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, non-singing child, flute/alto flute/piccolo, bass clarinet/clarinet in A, bassoon/contrabassoon, horn in F, percussion, harp, 3 violas, 3 cellos, double bass.

Duration: 75 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Barbara Blackman

Commission note: Commissioned by Victorian Opera.

First performance: by Victorian Opera, Richard Gill at Victorian Opera: Rembrandt's Wife (Merlyn Theatre) on 18 Apr 2009

Winner of Victorian Green Room Award 2010

Analysis

Program note: Andrew Ford's "Rembrandt's wife"
program note by the composer

Resonate article: Rembrandt's Wife by Anthony Lyons

Resonate article: Never confuse a genius with a saint by Sue Smith

Performances of this work

24 Apr 2009: at Victorian Opera: Rembrandt's Wife (Merlyn Theatre). Featuring Richard Gill, Victorian Opera.

22 Apr 2009: at Victorian Opera: Rembrandt's Wife (Merlyn Theatre). Featuring Victorian Opera, Richard Gill.

21 Apr 2009: at Victorian Opera: Rembrandt's Wife (Merlyn Theatre). Featuring Richard Gill, Victorian Opera.

19 Apr 2009: at Victorian Opera: Rembrandt's Wife (Merlyn Theatre). Featuring Richard Gill, Victorian Opera.

18 Apr 2009: at Victorian Opera: Rembrandt's Wife (Merlyn Theatre). Featuring Victorian Opera, Richard Gill.

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