A chair in love
a comic opera

John Metcalf
John Metcalf
Composition Date: 2005
Genre: Staged Vocal Works, Operas, Complete Vocal Score


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Flute
  • 1 x Oboe
  • 1 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Bassoon
  • 1 x Horn
  • 1 x Soprano
  • 1 x Mezzo Soprano
  • 1 x Baritone
  • 1 x Bass
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Programme Note:
Truman, an ‘urban angst’ film maker wakes up to read the reviews of his film
which premiered last night. He is heralded as a genius who “can make us
believe in coitus between a knife and a spoon”. He rushes home, feeling in
his heart a desperate need to love, goes back to his studio and falls in love
with his chair. His dog gets jealous and complications ensue....

A Chair in love is unique. Firstly, it is that rare thing – a contemporary comic opera. Secondly, it is an ‘adult’ opera suitable and accessible to youth audiences. Thirdly, the instrumentalists are dramaturgically, compositionally and scenographically integrated into the stage action.

A Chair in love is conceived for four singers: Truman (baritone), the Chair (soprano), the Dog (bass), and Dogtor/Doctor (mezzo) and the wind quintet Pentaèdre. Keith Turnbull directs and is
coordinating producer. John Bishop, Linda Brunelle and David Gaucher design. Normand Forget and Wyn Davies are co-music directors.

A Chair in love was produced by Le Chien qui chante*, in collaboration with the Taliesin Arts Centre and the Swansea Festival of Music and the Arts – an international collaboration under the umbrella of the Joint Agreement on Cultural Co-operation between the Governments of Quebec and the United Kingdom.

Premiere Information:
World premiere October 20, 2005, Taliesin Arts Centre Swansea, Wales, UK. North American Premiere June 8, 2006, Espace Go Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Produced by Le Chien qui chante Montreal in collaboration with the Taliesin Arts Centre Swansea Wales.


  • Call Number:
  • MV 7110 M588ch
  • Genre:
  • Staged Vocal Works, Operas, Complete Vocal Score
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • March 13, 2008
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (183 p.) ; 28 cm.
    183 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Language Information
  • Language of libretto: English
  • Additional Information:
  • Text in English by playwright Larry Tremblay.

    Piano part included for rehearsal only.

    Instrumentation: Flute (doubling piccolo, alto flute in G and slide whistle), Oboe, Clarinet (doubling bass clarinet), Horn (doubling didgeridoo - optional), Bassoon (doubling contrabassoon)

    Additional People:
    Laurent Tremblay
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