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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

Cast: The Sofa

Prince Dominic Nicholas Sharratt
Monique Sarah Tynan
Dominic's Grandmother Josephine Thorpe
Lucille Alinka Kozari
Laura Anna Leese
Yolande Patricia Orr
A Suitor Patrick Ashcroft
Edward George von Boden

Cast: The Departure

Julia Louise Poole
Mark Hakan Vramsmo

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CD produced with the support of the Peter Moores Foundation


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