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The Making of the Representative for Planet 8
An opera in three acts for orchestra, small chorus and soloists (1986) 180'
Music by Philip Glass. Libretto by Doris Lessing based on her novel.
2S, Mz, A, 2Bas, 2B, SATB Chorus; 2(pic).2.2.bcl.2/ 4.3.2.btrb.1/ 3 perc (timp, SD, BD, cym, tamb, tgl, glsp)/ hp/ str
Commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera, the English National Opera and the Landestheater Kiel, Germany
July 8, 1988 at Houston Grand Opera
Doris Lessing's philosophical/mystical novel tells of an Eden-like planet plunged into an ice age that is extinguishing all life. Guided by the overlords from Canopus, an extra-terrestrial civilization, the people of Planet 8 learn to accept their individual deaths and evolve into a collective universal soul (the 'Representative' of the title), that survives physical destruction.
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