Libretto by John Caird.

  • 3(pic).2(ca).2+bcl.2/4331/timp.2perc/cel.hp/str; onstage piano trio (vn, vc, pf) in Act I, Scene 6
  • Solo: 4 Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Contralto, 4 Baritone, Bass, non-singing roles
  • 1 hr 30 min

Programme Note

During the early years of World War II in England, Laura Jesson takes the train to a nearby town once a week for shopping and a movie. A chance encounter with Alec Harvey — who, like Laura, is married with two children — leads quickly to passion. They continue to meet surreptitiously until they must finally decide between love and honor.

Libretto by John Caird. Based upon the play Still Life and the screenplay to the 1945 film Brief Encounter, both by Noël Coward.

Premiere: May 1, 2009 at the Houston Grand Opera. Featuring Elizabeth Futral, Nathan Gunn, and Kim Josephson. Conducted by Patrick Summers.

Cast List:
   LAURA JESSON: Mezzo-Soprano
   ALEC HARVEY: Baritone
   FRED JESSON: Baritone
   MYRTLE BAGOT: Contralto
   ALBERT GODBY: Bass
   DOLLY MESSITER: Soprano
   STANLEY: Baritone
   BERYL: Soprano
   DOCTOR GRAVES: Baritone
   MARY NORTON: Soprano
   MRS. ROLANDSON: Soprano

Non-singing roles:
   MAITRE D'HOTEL
   WAITER AT THE ROYAL HOTEL
   WAITER N THE KARDOMAH CAFÉ
   PORTERS AT THE STATION


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