Paul Alan Barker, Composer

The Marriages Between Zones 3,4 & 5
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The Marriages Between Zones 3,4 & 5

opera after novel by Doris Lessing
Libretto by the composer after Doris Lessing's novel
Premiered 1985 by Opera Viva
at The Place Theatre, London
Directed by Chris Newell
The British Music Society
honoured Paul Barker for his
THE MARRIAGE BETWEEN ZONES 3, 4, AND 5
when it was declared
the best new British opera of the season.

For 2 sopranos, mezzo, baritone, dancer, childrens chorus; flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, violin, cello, percussion, sarod;

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Listen to opening:

MarriagesBetweenZones3,4 & 5

REVIEWS:

Mr Barker commands that most elusive and important quality needed for the stage -forward movement - indeed, I wager that we shall be hearing more from Paul Barker. Financial Times

His musical language hovers in an attractive zone somewhere between tonality and atonality; his vocal lines are as testing as they are rewarding and his writing for chamber orchestra is consistently inventive. Opera

...served to show genuine stage-flair on the part of the composer, Paul Barker. British Music Yearbook, review of the year

The Marriages Between Zones 3,4 & 5 Opera; libretto by the composer after novel by Doris Lessing. Premiere 10.4.85, The Place Theatre and Mumford Theatre, Cambridge; Opera Viva; cond. Chris Willis; dir. Chris Newell.

2 acts ca. 90 mins;

Awarded British Music Society Prize for Contemporary Opera, 1985

Highly Commended by the International Carl-Maria-von-Weber Competition (Staatsoper, Dresden, 1986)