A masque

James Rolfe
James Rolfe
Composition Date: 2013
Duration: 00:21:00
Genre: Staged Vocal Works, Operas, Complete Vocal Score


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Flute
  • 1 x Lute
  • 1 x Organ
  • 1 x Soprano
  • 1 x Baritone
  • 2 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola da gamba
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Programme Note:
Music by James Rolfe, words by Steven Heighton

Europa was a Phoenician princess who was seduced and borne off to Crete by Zeus. There she bore him three sons, who became the founding fathers of Europe. It's telling that European civilization, which has been a mixed blessing for the rest of the world, was founded upon what could be seen as a kidnapping and rape. This piece explores the conflicted feelings of Europa—whose enslavement to Zeus brings her exhilaration, violation, and humiliation—and those of her former lover Hiram, who has searched all his life for her, and for whom their reunion brings ecstasy, frustration, and death. Europa was commissioned by the Toronto Masque Theatre (Larry Beckwith, Artistic Director), with the assistance of The Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. My thanks go to the funders, for funding; to Larry, for asking; to all the cast and production team, for being excellent collaborators; and to Steven Heighton, for providing such eloquent and heartfelt words.

Premiere Information:
Toronto, ON
Trinity-St. Paul's United Church
25 Apr 2014
Toronto Masque Theatre, with Suzie Leblanc, soprano; Martin Julien, baritone; and Larry Beckwith, orchestra leader.


  • Call Number:
  • MV 7110 R746eu
  • Genre:
  • Staged Vocal Works, Operas, Complete Vocal Score
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • September 15, 2014
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (43 p.) ;
    43 Pages
    Height: 39 cm
    Width: 28 cm
    Parts page count: 49
    6 parts ([49] p.) ;
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
  • Language Information
  • Language of libretto: English
  • Additional Information:

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