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Purgatory

Gerald Larner

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online - The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, issue Published in print December 1992 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630

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Opera in one act, op.18, by gordon Crosse after the play by William Butler Yeats; Cheltenham, Everyman Theatre, 7 July 1966.

Adapted by the composer from a short verse play by Yeats, Crosse’s first opera is narrowly focussed on the drastic efforts of an Old Man (high baritone) to release his mother’s soul from the purgatory of eternally reliving the first night of a disastrous marriage. By killing his own son (named as Boy, tenor)

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Subjects: Music

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