Hoiby: 'Tempest' Premiere
1st March 2008
Its original format consisted of three acts played with two intermissions. The revised version is approximately 30 minutes shorter, and features only one intermission, with a pause between Acts II and III.
Hoiby’s retelling of Shakespeare’s last major play has been praised as a “beautifully written modern masterpiece” (Opera News), and “an elegant, masterful expression of American musical conservatism.…Mr. Hoiby captured the magic and wonder implicit in the Bard’s last romance” (The Wall Street Journal).
On 28 April, The Tempest will receive an unstaged performance of excerpts at Symphony Space, in New York City.
image: Facsimile of the first page of Shakespeare's The Tempest from the First Folio, published in 1623The Tempest 2h, 30 min
Libretto by Mark Shulgasser after Shakespeare's play
coloratura Soprano, 2 Sopranos, Mezzo-soprano, Countertenor, 2 Tenors, 4 Baritones, Bass-baritone, 2 Basses