The Two Executioners (opera)

by David Chesworth - Back Catalogue

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The libretto is an adaptation by Douglas Horton of the one act play by Absurdist Fernando Arrabal. The libretto concerns a mother who argues with her two daughters while in an adjacent room their father is being tortured to death.

- Composed by David Chesworth
- Libretto by Douglas Horton
- Text by Fernando Arrabal with
- Directed by Douglas Horton
- Commissioned & Produced by Chamber Made Opera
- First performed Napier St. Theatre. Melbourne. 4/8/94

“Ingenious and splendidly witty music. Chesworth is a
child of Igor Stravinsky and cartoon composer Carl Stalling.” Financial Review

Performers
Bernadette Robinson - soprano
Tracy Bourne - soprano
Deanne Flatley - soprano
John McAll - keyboard and samples
Peter Neville - percussion
Robert Jackson - saxophone


Horton says of Arrabal; "Many Dadaists and early Absurdists gave expression to their beliefs about an absurd and irrational universe by denigrating and destroying the aesthetic and dramatic conventions of their medium. Arrabal was able to give expression to this world through convention, and through absence - the deliberate withholding of key contextual information"

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released February 16, 2015

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