Phyllis Tate - The Lodger
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Cat No: REAM2119
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 4th September 2015
ArtistsAnthony Jacobs (narrator)
BBC Northern Singers
BBC Northern Orchestra
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 operaís first broadcast.
The Lodger forms part of a select group of British stage works with a horrific or supernatural theme. In Phyllis Tateís opera, what she referred to as Ďthe sinister elementí 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 chorusís music hall number.
The composerís 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.
- 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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