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Blue Work

The Uses of Adversity

a chamber opera

Year:  1996   ·  Duration:  15m
Instrumentation:  two sopranos, 1 mezzo, 1 tenor, 1 baritone; string quartet and piano

Year:  1996
Duration:  15m
Instrumentation  two sopranos, 1 mezzo, 1 te...

Composer:   David Farquhar


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Alan Wells in The Listener reviewed the premiere of this work in May 1997. "Comedy was indeed to the fore ... the moments of deliberate inaudibility, when the protagonist ... retreated into his 'deafness', were wittily simulated (right down to tinnitus on the violin's top string."

Commissioned note

Commissioned by the Pocket Opera of Wellington with funding from Creative New Zealand

Text note

Libretto written by the composer with Raydia d'Elsa

Performance history

23 May 1997: Performed by Pocket Opera of Wellington; Bats Theatre, Wellington