Paul Alan Barker, Composer

Phantastes
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Phantastes opera after George Macdonald

An adult fairy-tale opera

Libretto by the composer after George MacDonald's novel,

Premiere 18.3.86:

Modern Music Theatre Troupe,

cond. Chris Willis,

dir. Chris Newell.

Camden Opera Festival, London

sop, mezzo, tenor, bass.

piano/harmonium/harpsichord/celeste(3 Players),

2 perc,

Uilean bagpipes

Commissioned by Camden Festival.

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John Tucker & Lucinda Broadbridge in Phantastes

REVIEWS:

...an effective lyrical declamation against a small array of keyboards and percussion with both tonal and atonal implications. Additionally (for the first time in opera?) the Irish Union bagpipe imparts a wild menace when the hero is approached by the evil shadow. Music & Musicians

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