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Chamber opera

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Chamber opera

Chamber opera is a designation for operas written to be performed with a chamber ensemble rather than a full orchestra.

William Walton, and Philip Glass have written in this genre.

Instrumentation for chamber operas vary: Britten scored The Rape of Lucretia for eight singers with single strings and wind with piano, harp and percussion. Matthew King's The Snow Queen has three singers in multiple roles, with an ensemble of seven players while Judith Weir's King Harald's Saga is for a single soprano voice. The chamber opera Pauline by Tobin Stokes and Margaret Atwood, premiered in 2014, has seven players in the pit (violin, viola, cello, flute/alto flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, bassoon, keyboard), and eight singers for a total of 14 performers.[1]

See also


  1. ^ Pauline, performance details at City Opera of Vancouver, May 2014

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