Watch Opera, Cantata, and Oratorio 

If you have performed in any of Andrew Downes' works or come to listen, please share your experiences in the Premieres Blog! Also see what others have said. Thank you so much for your contribution.

The one eyed Polyphemus by Marshall, Logan, tr - https://archive.org/details/mythslegendsofal00mars, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=67039036


On this page:
Far from the Madding Crowd - opera
Odysseus & the Cyclops - children's opera

The Marshes of Glynn - tenor solo, chorus, orchestra
New Dawn- SATB soloists, chorus, orchestra including guitars
The Ballad of St Kenelm - soprano solo, narrator, actors and instrumental ensemble (fl/picc, ob, bsn, tpt, per, 4 vlns, 2 vlas, 2 vcs, db


Also listen to:
A Saint Luke Passion for baritone soloist, SATB choir, piano duet, percussion (2 players) and string orchestra.

The Death of Goliath - Dramatic Cantata for Soprano, High Counter-Tenor/Mezzo-Soprano and Baritone soloists with piano


Read about:
Cantatas and Oratorios by Andrew Downes

Operas by Andrew Downes



Opera

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD

Three video clips and the whole opera from the commercial DVD of Andrew Downes' opera based on the novel by Thomas Hardy:
More info on this work
Libretto


Act 2, Scene 3



Act 4, Scene 1




Act 4, Scene 3



Full Opera

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ODYSSEUS AND THE CYCLOPS 

An opera in 3 parts for baritone soloist, child soloists and choir, school orchestra, and piano (teacher's part).
More info on this work


Andrew Downes being interviewed on BBC Midlands Today about the premiere in May 1982:


Performance in 1988 in Hagley, Worcestershire:



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Chorus with Orchestra

THE MARSHES OF GLYNN

Cantata for Tenor solo, Chorus and Orchestra.  Poem by Sidney Lanier.
John Mitchinson (Tenor), Birmingham Conservatoire Chorus and Orchestra, conductor Damian Cranmer
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Part 1



Part 2



Part 3



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THE BALLAD OF ST KENELM - soprano solo, narrator, actors and instrumental ensemble (fl/picc, ob, bsn, tpt, per, 4 vlns, 2 vlas, 2 vcs, db
More info on this work


Short clips of performances at the Hagley, Bewdley and Winchcombe Festivals:


The full work at the Hagley, Bewdley and Winchcombe Festivals.


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