Keppers of the Light
Composer: Jon Polifrone
Librettist: Craig Fields
Premiere Date: Not available.
Producing Company: VA Tech
Description: Set in a lighthouse on a desolate rocky island off the North Atlantic coast, circa 1900, it's a mythic story about the power of a pure love over evil. The old couple who have tended the light have been terrified by nightmares and premonitions. Jonas and Malinda, a handsome pair of young newlyweds who are deeply in love, go to take their places as keepers of the light. The island proves to be cursed. They are confronted by evil in the form of a plague carried by local sailors, storms, and finally "mooncussers" (pirates), who attack and rape the young wife. In a fevered state of shock and delirium, called by voices, she walks into the sea and drowns. In the last scene, Jonas goes mad from the same fever and is saved from self-destruction by unification with his missing wife. In the final scene, under a blaze of northern lights, they both walk into the sea forever.
Length: 02:00
Total Acts: 3
Chorus: Chorus
Musical Style: Lyrical, in the tradition of Britten, Stravinsky, Floyd. Beautiful melodies and dramatic vocalism
Contact: Opera Roanoke
E-mail Address: cfields@vt.edu or cfields49@comcast.net
Phone: 540-231-8502
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