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July 8, 1988
The Making of the Representative for Planet 8
Composer:Philip Glass
Librettist:Doris Lessing
Synopsis
Doris Lessing's philosophical/mystical novel tells of an Eden-like planet plunged into an ice age that is extinguishing all life. Guided by the overlords from Canopus, an extra-terrestrial civilization, the people of Planet 8 learn to accept their individual deaths and evolve into a collective universal soul (the 'Representative' of the title), that survives physical destruction.

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Opera for the Eighties and Beyond 1988
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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
03:00

Number of Acts
3

Original Cast
Andrew Shore (Doeg Memory-maker and Storyteller)
Richard Angas (Johor Canopean agent)
Gillian Webster (Klin Tender of Fruits and Plants)
Simon Masterton-Smith (Marl Keeper of the Herds)
Tamsin Dives (Bratch Guardian of Health)
John Kitchiner (Pedug Teacher of the Young)
Jady Pearl (Rivalin Custodian of the Lake)
Peter Bamber (Masson the Builder)
Lesley Garrett (Alsi a young woman)
Christopher Gillett (Nooni a young man)



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