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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.
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.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Barbara Blackman
Commission note: Commissioned by Victorian Opera.
Winner of Victorian Green Room Award 2010
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
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