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2009 Production

The Sofa and The Departure Recording

By Elizabeth Maconchy

Released February 2009

The cast and orchestra of the INDEPENDENT OPERA at Sadler’s Wells’ 2007 production reassembled in 2008 to record with Chandos Elizabeth Maconchy’s one-act operas The Sofa and The Departure.

The Sofa, a comic opera with a libretto by Ursula Vaughan Williams, was freely adapted from the novel Le Sopha, conte moral by Crébillon Fils. The Departure, by contrast tragic and unsettling, features a libretto by poet Anne Ridler.

Conductor Dominic Wheeler
Leader Sarah Trickey

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CD produced with the support of the Peter Moores Foundation

"The score is executed with aching poignancy and passion, showing how intuitively Maconchy could respond to the knotty problem of setting and heightening the English language. "
Geoffrey Norris, The Telegraph