Phyllis Tate - The Lodger | Lyrita REAM2119

Phyllis Tate - The Lodger

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Label: Lyrita

Cat No: REAM2119

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 4th September 2015

Contents

Artists

Anthony Jacobs (narrator)
Owen Brannigan
Johanna Peters
Marion Studholme
Joseph Ward
Alexander Young
John Thornley
Ranken Bushby
Trevor Anthony
Rachel Paine
Geoffrey Clifton
BBC Northern Singers
BBC Northern Orchestra

Conductor

Charles Groves

Works

Tate, Phyllis

The Lodger

Artists

Anthony Jacobs (narrator)
Owen Brannigan
Johanna Peters
Marion Studholme
Joseph Ward
Alexander Young
John Thornley
Ranken Bushby
Trevor Anthony
Rachel Paine
Geoffrey Clifton
BBC Northern Singers
BBC Northern Orchestra

Conductor

Charles Groves

About

The Lodger was commissioned by the Royal Academy of Music and first performed there in July 1960. This revised score, adapted for the BBC, was the opera’s first broadcast.

The Lodger forms part of a select group of British stage works with a horrific or supernatural theme. In Phyllis Tate’s opera, what she referred to as ‘the sinister element’ is subtle and suggested rather than exaggerated or gratuitous, and moments of genuine tension are juxtaposed with other non-sensational elements, such as the burgeoning romance between Daisy and Joe and the local colour of the chorus’s music hall number.

The composer’s natural gift for extended, lyrical lines, and her capacity to build and dispel tension, assist in lending distinction to an atmospheric and cogently constructed piece of music theatre.

Cast:
- George Bunting (bass): Owen Brannigan
- Emma, his wife (mezzo-soprano): Johanna Peters
- Daisy, their daughter (soprano): Marion Studholme
- The Lodger (high baritone): Joseph Ward
- Joe Chandler, a young detective (tenor): Alexander Young
- A paper-boy (tenor): John Thornley
- A policeman (bass-baritone): Ranken Bushby
- A cockney (baritone): Trevor Anthony
- A cockney Woman: Rachel Paine
- A cockney Man: Geoffrey Clifton

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