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The Voyage
PREMIERE10/12/1992
COMPOSERPhilip Glass   
LIBRETTISTDavid Henry Hwang   
 
Synopsis
The Prologue takes place in the present, Act I 15,000 years ago, Act II in 1492, Act III in 2092 and the Epilogue presents Christopher Columbus on his deathbed preparing for his last journey to the stars. A scientist's imagination travels freely among the planets. Act I introduces travellers from another planet who crash on Earth, retaining fragmentary memories of the past and fears for the future. Although the crew survives the crash, the Commander divides the ship's paired directional crystals among them, physically obstructing any chance of returning home. Each crew member is instructed to visualise the world they would like to live in and then enter it. Act II features the troubled Columbus on the thirty-second day of his voyage. Queen Isabella's promises of wealth, titles and power are fading from reality. The space station of Act III finds Space Twins discussing the unlikelihood of discovering life in space. Back on earth, they realise that they have both discovered 'strange' crystals. On joining the crystals, they receive a signal from the home planet of the earlier voyagers. The Commander and crew prepare for the voyage to the new planet, anxious about their last moments on earth and Columbus journeys to the stars.
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