The Enslavement and Liberation of Oksana G.
(chamber opera for three singers and six instrumentalists)

Aaron Gervais
Composer
Aaron Gervais
Composition Date: 2006
Genre: Staged Vocal Works, Operas, Complete Vocal Score

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Other percussion
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Soprano
  • 1 x Tenor
  • 1 x Baritone
  • 1 x Violin
  • 1 x Violoncello
  • 1 x Double bass
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Programme Note:
I wrote this chamber opera for three singers and six instrumentalists in conjunction with Colleen Murphy for Tapestry's Opera To Go series. It tells the story of a young Eastern European woman (Oksana) who has found herself in the safehouse of an Italian priest (Alessandro). She has escaped from a pimp (Konstantin), who tricked her into prostitution, and now finds that she is falling in love with Alessandro. He in turn, despite his priestly calling, finds himself tempted by Oksana. During this scene, they dance around the complications of their situation, each one afraid to reveal him- or her- self to the other. In addition, another problem presents itself at the end of the scene.

Premiere Information:
01/03/2006 Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Charles and Marilyn Baillie Theatre Toronto Tapestry New Opera Works; Carla Huhtanen (Oksana, soprano); Keith Klassen (Alessandro, tenor); Calvin Powell (Konstantin, baritone) Conductor: Wayne Strongman

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MV 7110 G38en
  • Genre:
  • Staged Vocal Works, Operas, Complete Vocal Score
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • November 27, 2008
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (59 p.); 28 cm.
    59 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 89
    6 parts ((89) p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
  • Language Information
  • Language of libretto: English
  • Additional Information:
  • Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, clarinet, percussion, piano, vln, vc, cb
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