the night sky
Music by Randall ENG
Libretto by Donna Di NovellI
BEFORE THE NIGHT SKY
No one could get enough of the twins—two brothers and two sisters, inseparable and irresistible. In this contemporary origin story, Castor & Pollux and Helen of Troy & Clytemnestra navigate the oceans, relationships, kidnappings, and ultimately their greatest divide: two will die and two will live forever. But first, they must deal with their mother Leda, who constantly watches the sky for the return of her white swan lover. Perhaps the choir of constellations will offer an answer.
Duration 100' / no intermission [estimated]
Commission Not yet commissioned. Developed by American Opera Projects, with support by OPERA America New Works Forum Showcase.
Roles (12) : 4 lead roles (2 sopranos, 1 tenor, 1 baritone) and a chorus of 8. Additional solo roles are played by members of the chorus.
Instrumentation (19) : flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, 2 horns, trumpet, trombone, harp, piano, 3 violins, viola, cello, bass, and 2 percussionists (1 primarily vibraphone/marimba, 1 primarily drumkit).
Publisher Staged performances of this work require licensing through the composer.