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Brett Dean

Bliss (2004-09)

Plays: 5076

Opera in three acts

Act I Scene 2
Limbo - Harry's Vision

Duration: 01 mins 52 secs

Peter Coleman-Wright/Merlyn Quaife/
Australian Opera Orchestra/Elgar Howarth
(p) Opera Australia © 2015 Australian Broadcasting Corporation
ABC Classics 481 1820

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Text heard on Sample:

...Ecstasy touched me...
I slid between the spaces in the sky
and smelt things living and dying
in the valleys of the forest...
but the seeds of hell were sprouting all around me,
I watched them unfolding their chrome-yellow petals.

I saw both heaven and hell.
I saw them both.
There is a heaven.
There is a hell, now I know there is a hell.
I saw both heaven and hell.

Oh Harry stop it!
You're too nice to go to hell.
If one of us goes it will be me.
I shall get there first...

from the libretto by Amanda Holden, after the novel by Peter Carey
© 2008 Boosey & Hawkes Bote & Bock GmbH

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