• Philip Glass
  • The Making of the Representative for Planet 8 (1988)

  • Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc (World)

Commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera, the English National Opera and the Landestheater Kiel, Germany

Opera in three acts.
Libretto (English) by Doris Lessing based on her novel.

  • 2(I/pic).2.2+bcl(Ebcl).2/4331/timp.3perc/hp/str
  • SATB
  • 2 Sopranos, Mezzo Soprano, Alto, 2 Tenors, 2 Baritones, 2 Basses
  • 3 hr
  • Doris Lessing, based on her novel
  • English

Programme Note

Doeg, memory-maker and storyteller - baritone
Johor, Canopean agent - bass
Klin, tender of fruits and plants - soprano
Marl, keeper of the herds - bass
Bratch, guardian of health - soprano
Pedug, teacher of the young - baritone
Rivalin, custodian of the lake - contralto
Masson the builder - tenor
Alsi, a young woman - soprano
Nooni, a young man - tenor

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.