Council of the Dead

Cynthia Sternau

About this work:
Council of the Dead is the story of how Pluto, the king of the Underworld, complained to Zeus about the Judgement of the Dead and how a change in procedure was brought about to satisfy the gods so that justice was duly rendered. The opera is drawn from obscure sources in classical mythology and philosophy, principally from the Myth of Judgment in Plato’s Gorgia. This is the first opera in the trilogy A World Out of Time (Council of the Dead, The Challenge, Solon the Dreamer). Dramatis Personae: The Singer of Tales--Mezzo-soprano Pluto--Tenor Zeus--Bass-baritone Rhadamanthys--Tenor Aeacus--Bass-baritone Minos--Bass Salmoneos--Tenor Pherecydes--Baritone Pheraules--Bass-baritone The Authorities of the Isles of the Dead--Three Silent Entities Gods and Demigods, Attendants to Zeus--The Chorus
Version: 1
Year composed: 1996
Duration: 00:46:00
Ensemble type: Opera/Theater:Chamber Opera, Two or More Singers
Instrumentation: ,1 Mezzo-Soprano soloist(s), ,3 Tenor soloist(s), ,1 Baritone soloist(s), ,3 Bass-Baritone soloist(s), ,1 Bass soloist(s), ,3 S soloist(s), ,3 SS soloist(s), ,3 A soloist(s), ,3 AA soloist(s), ,3 T soloist(s), ,3 TT soloist(s), ,3 B soloist(s), ,3 BB soloist(s), ,1 Prerecorded Sound (Tape/CD/Other) soloist(s)
Instrumentation notes: Work is for soloists, chorus, and pre-recorded electronics (from CD or DAT).

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