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Instrumentation: 2 sopranos, 2 mezzo-sopranos, lyric tenor, dramatic tenor, baritone, bass baritone, bass, SATB chorus, 2 flutes (1st doubling piccolo), 2 oboes (2nd doubling cor anglais), 2 clarinets (2nd doubling bass clarinet), 2 bassoons (2nd doubling contra-bassoon), 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (2 players), harp, strings.
Duration: 135 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Professional
Contents note: In 3 acts.
Commission note: Commissioned by the San Francisco Opera, under a grant from the Ford Foundation, for Maria Callas as a mezzo-soprano.
Libretto by Lawrence Durrell (with the addition of original text by Sappho). Libretto taken from the Play in Verse by Lawrence Durrell.
Program note: Peggy Glanville-Hicks's "Sappho"
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