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L' Augellino Belverde — The Little Green Swallow
Instrumentation: 3Boy Treb.2S.3Mez.Ct.2T.2Bar.B Soli—0.Picc.1.0—2.1.0.0—Perc—Hp—Pf—Cel—Str (1.0.0.1.1)
Composer:  Dove, Jonathan
Duration: 130 mins
Composition Date: 1994
 
Details:  Opera in Three Acts, Libretto adapted from Carlo Gozzi, English singing translation by Adam Pollock



‘Such a plot demands a composer who can write with persuasive clarityand charm. Dove is the right man for the job. His language might owe alot to American-style minimalism, but with him there’s no filling inof empty spaces, no going round in meaningless circles. Instead, heuses minimalist devices to generate energy and thrust and oftenhilarity.’
Stephen Pettitt, Evening Standard, 6 June 2005

‘The premiere of a Jonathan Dove opera is worth waiting or travellingfor.
It’s a bit retro to admit to liking Dove’s operas: this is a composerwho commits the solecism of allowing the audience some aestheticpleasure, lyricism even, in his music. There are undoubtedly momentswhen other composers’ names pop into your head — Bernstein, Britten,Adams, Sondheim — but a successful idiom always draws on what workedbefore. Dove has a distinctive voice, an instantly recognisablesound-world . He has fantasy, humour, a gift for storytelling andtheatrical moments.’
Robert Thicknesse, The Times, 6 June 2005

‘Audiences tired long ago of the unapproachable operas of the 1960sand this composer with his quick intelligence and light-hearted humourraises hopes for the 21st century.
The enchantment, wit and humanity were all in the music.’Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 8 June 2005

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