• Stephen Oliver
  • Blondel (1983)

  • Novello & Co Ltd (World)
  • cl(asx.barsx)tptperc.dm2kbd(incl synthesiser).gtr.ebgtrvn(va)
  • male voice quartet/female voice trio/chorus
  • 6 solo roles
  • 1 hr 50 min
  • Stephen Oliver
  • Lyrics by Tim Rice
  • English

Programme Note

Set in England during the 1180s, this light-hearted, rock-orientated music tells the story of Blondel, troubadour at the court of Richard the Lionheart.

SYNOPSIS

At the start of the crusade, Richard delegates the rule of England to his brother, John, whom he despises. Blondel, the minstrel and Fiona, his girlfriend, present a song to the King at Dover quayside. John commands Blondel to compose a tribute to him. John wishes to ensure that Richard does not return and an Assassin offers his help. All go off to Europe to find Richard. Fiona alerts the Duke of Austria to the threat to Richard’s life. Blondel releases Richard from his manacles. The Assassin shoots the Duke of Austria instead, who turns out to have been a tyrant. Back in England, Richard and Blondel are in time to prevent the coronation of John and the story ends happily.

CAST

6 solo roles; male voice quartet; female voice trio; SATB chorus; ensemble

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