What time is it now?
A one-act chamber opera in 11 songs

Anna Höstman
Composer
Anna Höstman
Composition Date: 2005
Duration: 00:45:00
Genre: Staged Vocal Works, Operas, Complete Vocal Score

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Other percussion
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Soprano
  • 1 x Mezzo Soprano
  • 1 x Tenor
  • 2 x Violin
  • 1 x Violoncello
  • 1 x Double bass
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Programme Note:
What Time is it Now? is a chamber opera for three singers and six players about an old woman with dementia. It consists of eleven humourous yet poignant songs exploring how she is changed as her mind and body succumb to the disease. In the words of the librettist PK Page, it "questions the very nature of reality. What is truth? Is it one of the many conflicting realities of memory, imagination, and the present that so confuse the Old Lady? Is it the coarser reality of her male care-giver? Or is it the higher reality, that is glimpsed at the finale?"

Premiere Information:
24/09/2006, Royal Theatre, Victoria Cathy Fern Lewis, Kiiri Michelsen, Ken Lavigne, Victoria Symphony; conductor:Tania Miller Sponsored by CBC Radio.

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MV 7110 H831wh
  • Genre:
  • Staged Vocal Works, Operas, Complete Vocal Score
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • March 30, 2012
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (69 p.) ;
    69 Pages
    Height: 36 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 158
    6 parts ([158] p.) ;
  • Language Information
  • Language of libretto: English
  • Additional Information:
  • Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Tenor, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Contrabass, Percussion, Piano
    1. will begin
    2. la la la
    3. I/you
    4. lilac
    5. tender
    6. tick tock
    7. alone
    8. chocolate cake
    9. Penny
    10. Jamie in Spain
    11. silk
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