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Music Text

Libretto compiled from original sources by Peter Sellars (E)


hS.S.M.3T.Bar. Male 4tet, Men's Chorus, dancer,

3(=picc).3(=corA).3(=Ebcl, bcl).3(=dbn)-

Sound Design as detailed by Mark Grey

Abbreviations (PDF)


Boosey & Hawkes (Hendon Music)

This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.

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World Premiere
War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, CA
Peter Sellars, director/librettist / San Francisco Opera / Grant Gershon
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