ODYSSEY

 

Odyssey…with an ebullient, lyrical score by Ben Moore and a witty, tightly-rhymed libretto by Kelley Rourke, is more than just an opera for young audiences…it’s an opera for all ages…”
                        Opera News, November 3, 2017

Commissioned and premiered by The Glimmerglass Festival, 2015

for 2 adults and 16 or more young people

with piano or chamber ensemble

running time: approximately 50 minutes

solo roles

Bard 1 (adult baritone: D3 to F4)

Bard 2/Siren (adult soprano: D4 to C6)

Penelope (young soprano/mezzo: A3 to F5)

Odysseus (young lyric baritone/ tenor: C3 to E4, opt. F4/G4)

Athena (young soprano/mezzo: D4 to F5, opt. A3)

First Mate (young lyric baritone/tenor: Bb2 to F4)

Circe (young mezzo: Bb3 to F5)

various other small solo roles emerge from chorus

 

Versions exist for four players (piano, percussion, cello, flute/clarinet) OR small orchestra: 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 bassoon, percussion (1 player), timpani (1 player, 2 drums), 1 piano, strings (3-2-2-2-1).