Opera in two acts 2006 (appx. 90’)
Libretto: Ted Hughes’ version of Federico García Lorca’s original play
high soprano, 2 sopranos, contralto, 2 bass baritones, bass
Flute (doubling piccolo, alto and bass flutes), Saxophone (doubling soprano, alto and baritone instruments), Clarinet (doubling bass clarinet), Trumpet (doubling piccolo trumpet), Guitar, Piano, Percussion – 1 player, Violin, Viola, ‘Cello
Lorca’s great play tells of love and the strictures of society that cause such unnecessary tragedy. Ted Hughes’ translation captures the poetry and imagery of Lorca’s play like no other writer, responding too to the actual style of writing in as close a way as possible.