New Chamber Opera from beloved American Composer, Gwyneth Walker: Evangeline

E. C. Schirmer is pleased to welcome a new addition to our opera catalog. Evangline is a chamber opera based on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem of the same name, scored for soloists, piano, violin, and narrator. A tragic story based on historical and real events, this opera is an accessible addition to any catalog.

Evangeline tells the story of the expulsion of the Acadian people from Nova Scotia from 1755-64. Forced into exile by the British, the Acadians were separated from one another, traveling the United States and abroad searching for loved ones. Longfellow wrote his poem in 1847, focusing on the plight of young Acadian woman Evangeline. She is betrothed to her childhood sweetheart, Gabriel. However, before they have a chance to marry, British soldiers force residents of her town to leave, causing their separation. The opera follows Evangeline as she searches for Gabriel.

Evangeline scene

Widely performed throughout the country, the music of American composer Gwyneth Walker is beloved by performers and audiences alike for its energy, beauty, reverence, drama, and humor. Dr. Gwyneth Walker (b. 1947) is a graduate of Brown University and the Hartt School of Music. She holds B.A., M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in Music Composition. A former faculty member of the Oberlin College Conservatory, she resigned from academic employment in 1982 to pursue a career as a full-time composer. For nearly 30 years, she lived on a dairy farm in Braintree, Vermont. She now divides her time between her childhood hometown of New Canaan, Connecticut and the musical communities of Sarasota, Florida and Randolph, Vermont. Walker’s catalog includes over 300 commissioned works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, chorus, and solo voice. A special interest has been dramatic works that combine music with readings, acting, and movement. The choral and vocal music of Gwyneth Walker is published by E. C. Schirmer.

At a Glance:
Chamber opera for soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, and narrator
Instrumentation: piano and violin (fiddle)
Duration: 50 – 60 minutes

Evangeline
For more information about Evangeline, click here.

 

Picture Credits: Performance at historic Covenanter Church, Grand Pre, Nova Scotia, Canada


Reviews:

Evangeline Premiere Sells Out: Review by Kings County Advertiser

Opera Comes to the Space Coast as Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy Presents “Evangline”: Press Release from Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy

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