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The Parting (Chimera)

a scene for three voices and chamber organ or piano

words from

Federico García Lorca

music by

Edward Lambert

The Parting is based on a fragmentary play by Federico García Lorca. Enrique is going on a journey and he will be away ‘for a long time’. His wife watches from a window and the voices of his children cry out for presents. An old woman appears and offers to help with his luggage. As they disappear into the distance, the wife and children are left alone.

Characters

ENRIQUE, tenor

HIS WIFE, soprano

AN OLD WOMAN, contralto

VOICES OF THEIR SEVERAL CHILDREN, spoken & pre-recorded

Scene: outside the house 

duration: about 12 minutes

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First performance: Hungerford, The Croft Hall, 13 October 2018

Felicity Hayward (soprano) The Wife 

Lindsay Bramley (mezzo-soprano) Old Woman

David Horton (tenor) Enrique 

Stephen Westrop (piano)

Edward Lambert (conductor)

William Ashford (director)

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“…a mesmerising performance of this short opera … had the audience transfixed.” Newbury Weekly News