The Prodigal Son

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Debussy

August

Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield

Sung in English

Opera on Location are delighted to return to live performances this summer, with an exciting modern adaptation of Debussy's award-winning one-act opera; The Prodigal Son.


It is a hot summer's day and whilst preparing to celebrate her 50th birthday, Lia laments the breakdown of her family. She reflects on the rift between her husband, Siméon, and her son Azaël, who left home after his parents rejected him when he came out.  However, at this special milestone in his mother's life, Azaël has decided it is time to return and confront his parents. Whilst Lia is overjoyed to have her son back home, both she and Azaël are worried that Siméon will not be as welcoming.

After winning the composition competition the Prix de Rome in 1884, The Prodigal Son was re-orchestrated before receiving its world premiere as part of the Sheffield Music Festival in 1908, conducted by Sir Henry Wood.

 

Opera on Location are thrilled to be working with Sheffield based orchestrator and arranger George Morton to create a new orchestration. This stunningly poignant production will be accompanied by a 10 piece ensemble.

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Claude Debussy

1862-1918

Debussy was born into a modest family with very little to do with the arts however, he showed so much ...

 

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Kelham Island Industrial Museum

Alma Street, Sheffield, S3 8SA

The museum opened in 1982 to house the objects, pictures and archive material representing Sheffield’s industrial story. Located in one of Sheffield’s oldest industrial districts, Kelham Island Museum stands on a man-made island over 900 years old.

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