• Kevin Volans
  • The Man With Footsoles of Wind (1993)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Commissioned by Dancelines Productions and the English National Opera Contemporary Opera Studio, with assistance from the Arts Council of Great Britain

Dedicated to Yvar Mikhashoff

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  • Treble, 2 Sopranos, Tenor, Baritone, spoken part
  • 1 hr 30 min
  • Kevin Volans
  • Roger Clarke
  • English

Programme Note

BRIEF PROGRAMME NOTE

The main body of the opera is set in the Ethiopian desert and is, like Bruce Chatwin’s book, ‘an imaginary conversation on an imaginary journey’. Roger Clarke’s libretto draws on Rimbaud’s A Season in Hell which to some extent prefigures Rimbaud’s wanderings in Africa, like a kind of ‘songline’.