Photo: Husar & Klinger
Vienna Chamber Opera 2003, David Pountney dir.
Maxwell Davies, Peter
Mr Emmet Takes a Walk (1999)
Duration: 60 minutes
A Dramatic Sonata
David Pountney (E)
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This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.
Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall, Orkney
David Pountney, director
Conductor: Etienne Siebens
Company: Muziektheater Transparent/Psappha
|Mr Todd, Security, Waiter, Heating Engineer, Piano Teacher, Gabor||Bass|
|Ka, Woman in Cafe, Reception (voice), Maid, Housekeeper, Crone, Varoomschka||Soprano|
Mr Emmet himself represents an enigma: is he a business man with briefcase and umbrella pursuing the ultimate commercial contract, a double agent extorting a much shadier deal from a foreign power, or a tragicomical everyman sifting through the flotsam and jetsam of a lifetime to prepare himself for death? Mr Emmet is sung by a baritone, and is supported by a bass and soprano who more explicitly adopt multiple roles: she can appear as seducer, mother, chanteuse, he as piano teacher, engineer, waiter and ultimately as nemesis extracting the fatal signature. The drama is framed by the man and woman scrubbing the walls of the room, eradicating the memory of Emmet along with the dirt and blood.
Comic, Poetic, Tragic
Contemporary, Magic/Mystery, Music/Arts, Relationships
Rebecca Caine / Adrian Clarke / Jonathan Best
Psappha / Etienne Siebens
Original Cast recording