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Opera Guide: Operas of Michael Tippett

Although it is impossible to trace any one particular theme running through the operas of Michael Tippett, the libretti of his four operas are fascinating to compare. The dense allusions of The Midsummer Marriage (1955), here annotated, gave way to the classical formality of King Priam (1962); the psychoanalytical preoccupations of The Knot Garden (1970) hardly foreshadow the contemporary political commentary of The Ice Break (1977). Each work breaks new ground and provokes unexpected responses. The libretti offer unique introductions to the music, and throw a searching light on the direction of British theatre since 1945.

Operas: The Midsummer Marriage, King Priam, The Knot Garden, The Ice Break
Introduction, Meirion Bowen
A Ritual of Renewal, Paul Driver
‘A Visionary Night’, John Lloyd Davies
Music for an Epic, Andrew Clements
A Tempest of Our Time, Meirion Bowen
Stereotypes and Rebirth, Leslie East
Discography / Bibliography 

ENO Libretto 29
Composer: Michael Tippett
Page extent: 144 pages
Size: 21.5 x 14 cm portrait
Binding: Paperback
ISBN:  9780714544304