Opera for mixed voices (1 1 1 1 - 1 1 0 0 - 1 0 0 1 - Str. Electronic media is the recorded church bells for change-ringing at end of Scene VII.)
Composed by Randall Thompson. Church Opera. Score. E.C. Schirmer Publishing #0622. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.0622).
Text from the Gospel according to St. Luke
A Musical Drama in 7 Scenes. An ideal work for those wishing to present a staged (or semi-staged) musical work at Christmas time. It is easy to perform and provides many opportunities for both adults and children to participate as soloists or choir members or in non-singing roles. Suitable for performance in a church or theater. A stage guide is available. The story follows the biblical text, set in the Holy Land during the age of Augustus. It was written for the 200th Anniversary of the Dedication of Christ Church, Cambridge.
|ZACHARIAS, a priest and Censer of the Temple||Baritone|
|THE ANGEL GABRIEL||Tenor|
|ELISABETH, wife of Zacharias, cousin of Mary||Contralto|
|ANNA, a prophetess and aged widow||Mezzo-Soprano|
|FOUR SHEPHERDS||Boy Soprano/Alto/Tenor/Bass|
|SIMEON, a man of Jerusalem awaiting the consolation of Israel||Baritone|
|ACOLYTES||To change scenes|
|CHORUS OF THE FAITHFUL (Angels, Shepherds)||The Choir|| |