The Lake by Barbara Pentland

26 Nov

Earlier this month, I went to the Turning Point Ensemble premiere of Barbara Pentland’s chamber opera, The Lake. The piece and its performance were both very impressive, but I’m not here to write a review…

It was a must-see for me, to see what a composer 60 years ago did with the same forces I’m writing for – 4-voices with chamber ensemble. Musically, it reminds me that when the accompanying ensemble equals or outnumbers the singers, one must pay close attention to density, texture, and balance.

Less exciting thoughts also entered my head… like the fact that this piece received it’s world premiere 60 years after it was written, on the occasion of the composers centennial anniversary. Perhaps I need to improve my delay-of-gratification, but I’m not exactly chomping at the bit for a post-mortem premiere… rather, I’d like to be alive for it!

Obviously, the idea of getting my Diabetes Opera performed is close to my heart. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that opera is expensive, but just how expensive might shock you. A little while ago, when I drew up a potential budget, it sure shocked me!

Tune in next time, when I’ll unveil the hefty price tag.
In the meantime, leave your guesses in the comments, and let me know if you’re in the market to fund a chamber opera;)


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