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Music Text

Melanie Challenger (E)


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Boosey & Hawkes

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World Premiere
Howard Assembly Room, Leeds
Tim Albery, director / Opera North, Psappha / Nicholas Kok
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Press Quotes

"...the perfect operatic subject: squalid and earthbound yet imbued with a radiant, almost mythic quality… At the start of what one hopes will be a long operatic career, Simpson has pulled off a genuine coup."
The Guardian

"...a scenario which is essentially disturbing and, for two of the four characters, ultimately tragic… Psappha brought out the great variety of colours and textures in Simpson’s brilliant score. Pleasure makes a powerful impact…"
The Independent

"Simpson’s self-confessed aim is that his music should supply those qualities of intimacy, beauty, warmth, pain and suffering that he sees lacking in much contemporary opera. He does this with skill, variety and strong dramatic impulse… it has the makings of a hit."
The Observer


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