The Vanishing Bridegroom - new release

The Vanishing Bridegroom - new release
On July 21, NMC will release a new recording of The Vanishing Bridegroom by Judith Weir. This 1990 opera was the centrepiece of the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s “Judith Weir: Telling the Tale” focus in 2008, and this recording is taken from that performance at the Barbican Concert Hall, London.

The opera splits into 3 sections:

1. The Inheritance: a man dies, but his legacy is missing: one of his three sons must have stolen it, but which one? The Doctor investigates by telling the sons a tale of a woman, forbidden to marry her lover, and married off to a richer man.

2. The Disappearance: on the birth of the Bride and Bridegroom's daughter, the husband leaves to fetch the Priest who will christen her, but on the way is lured into a brightly lit hillside - the "Land of the Young". His friend is accused of murder.

3. The Stranger: a handsome prosperous stranger arrives to woo the daughter, now a young woman. The girl is suspicious, and a passing preacher tells her he is obviously the Devil: she retires to a holy spot and the Devil is unable to harm her.

More information about the disc and pre-order copies can be found on the NMC website.

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