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Nelson : an opera in three acts

by Ross Baglin and Stuart Greenbaum (2003)

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Nelson : an opera in three acts / Stuart Greenbaum ; libretto by Ross Baglin.

Library shelf no. Q 782.1/GRE 1 v.1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

In October 2005 it was two centuries since Horatio Nelson died while commanding the British Fleet off Cape Trafalgar. Throughout most of that time Nelson's victories and his heroic death were smoothly assimilated within Britain's twin vision of itself as imperial power, and plucky, often-isolated defender of liberty.

Nelson's story is almost archetypically 'operatic' in the old sense - it has passion, the horror of war, political intrigues, gross betrayal and heroic death set in a time of sweeping historical change. He was a man who espoused duty as the highest of values, yet abandoned a faithful wife for Emma Hamilton ; a man who showed sympathy to the wretched, yet orchestrated a terrible political massacre of civilians in Naples ; whose life was devoted to the sea though it often tortured him physically and mentally. And standing upon these stark psychological fissures, we have the man of precarious vanity, charisma, and thirst for personal danger and oblivion.

Work Details

Year: 2003

Instrumentation: Soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, 3 baritones, bass, flute (doubling piccolo), clarinet in B flat, bass clarinet, tenor trombone, bass trombone, piano/electric keyboard, percussion, strings.

Duration: 140 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.

First performance: by Trafalgar Ensemble — 24 Oct 05. Exhibitional Hall, Australia House, London, UK

Performances of this work

24 Oct 05: Exhibitional Hall, Australia House, London, UK. Featuring Trafalgar Ensemble.

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