The Voyage
Composer: Philip Glass
Librettist: David Henry Hwang
Other Artistic Personnel: Bruce Ferden (Conductor)
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Premiere Date: October 12, 1992
Producing Company: Metropolitan Opera
Description: The Prologue takes place in the present, Act I 15,000 years ago, Act II in 1492, Act III in 2092 and the Epilogue presents Christopher Columbus on his deathbed preparing for his last journey to the stars. A scientist’s imagination travels freely among the planets.

Act I introduces travelers from another planet who crash on Earth, retaining fragmentary memories of the past and fears for the future. Although the crew survives the crash, the Commander divides the ship’s paired directional crystals among them, physically obstructing any chance of returning home. Each crew member is instructed to visualize the world they would like to live in and then enter it.

Act II features the troubled Columbus on the thirty-second day of his voyage. Queen Isabella’s promises of wealth, titles and power are fading from reality.

Act III finds Space Twins in a space station discussing the unlikelihood of discovering life in space. Back on earth, they realize that they have both discovered ‘strange’ crystals. On joining the crystals, they receive a signal from the home planet of the earlier voyagers. The Commander and crew prepare for the voyage to the new planet, anxious about their last moments on earth and Columbus journeys to the stars.
Character List (Major): Columbus (b-bar)
Isabella (mz)
Scientist/First Mate (t)
Commander (s)
Ship's Doctor/Space Twin 1 (s)
Second Mate/Space Twin 2 (b)
Earth Twin 1 (mz)
Earth Twin 2 (b)
Length: 02:35
Total Acts: 3
Chorus: SATB
Orchestration: 2S, 2Mz, T, B-Bar, 2B; SATB chorus 2.pic.2.2.bcl.2/ 4.3.2btbn.1/ timp. 4 perc (timp, SD, TD, BD, glsp, tgl, maracas, chimes,, wdbl, tamb, cym, finger cyms, cast, tam-t, cel)/ hp/ epf/ str
Contact: Dunvagen Music Publishers
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Phone: (212) 979-2080
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Schedule of Performances Listings
The Voyage (Glass)
Monday, March 18, 1996 - Metropolitan Opera
The Voyage (Glass)
Monday, October 12, 1992 - Metropolitan Opera
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