The Banshee: A Chamber Opera in One Act
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This opera is the composer’s fanciful speculation on the origin of the banshee, a character out of Irish legend whose keening is a herald of death. In three scenes, the opera tells the story of a witch whose quest for power leads her from one depravity to the next and ends with the destruction of her family. When the witch finally confronts the ruin she has caused, she wails with grief and transforms into the banshee. The work is scored for soprano, mezzo-soprano, baritone, dancer, and chamber orchestra, and it is approximately one hour in duration.