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Cassandra
Composer:Ian McAndrew
Librettist:Gordon Portman
Synopsis
When Apollo offers Cassandra the gift of prophecy for bestowing her sexual favors on him, she asks that he recind the gift when she sees scenes of future bloodshed and destruction. He punishes her by ensuring that she can see the future but will be believed by nobody. The work then traces the horrific consequences of her decision through the downfall of Troy, her capture by Agamemnon, and her eventual death at the hands of Clytemnestra, Agamemnon's wife.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
01:15

Number of Acts
5 scenes

Musical Style
Lyrical-Serial: through-composed, although fairly strictly divided into arias and ensemble numbers from duets to sextets.

Vocal & Musical Forces
6 principals (some doubling of roles): High Soprano, Lyric Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Bass; no chorus. Instrumental: 9 players: oboe, bassoon, D trumpet, harpsichord, string quintet.

Original Cast
Carolyn Sinclair (Cassandra), Jane Archibald (Andromache/Electra), Jo-Anne Bentley (Hecuba/Clytemnestra), Michael Colvin (Apollo/Pyrrhus/Sailor), Andrew Tees (Agamemnon), Jon-Paul Décosse (Priam/Ajax).



 
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