The Virtues of Things (No. 75)

The Virtues of Things (No. 75)
Library Shelf Location 20.OREI
Publication Date 2016

This issue of Essays on Sculpture is dedicated to an opera, The Virtues of Things. Performed in May 2015, with music composed by Matt Rogers and the libretto written by Sally O'Reilly, this is on opera that thinks sculpturally.

Virtues unfolds in a family prop-making studio specialising in opera productions. Selby De Selby is the master craftsman; his cousins, the twin sisters Ellipsis and Parabola, are the senior designers; and his niece Peg is the apprentice.

This is a story about the making of props, objects used in play to create a narrative. Props stand in for familiar objects and make possible worlds that are in theory impossible.

This essay contains the full libretto, followed by a conversation between Sally O'Reilly, Matt Rogers, Matthew Fox (Professor of Classics, University of Glasgow), Lisa Le Feuvre  (Head of Sculpture Studies, the Henry Moore Institute) and Dominic Gray (Projects Director, Opera North).

The Virtues of Things is a co-commission and co-production between Aldeburgh Music, Opera North and The Royal Opera.

ISBN 9781905462544
Quantity 1
Pages 48
Editor Lisa Le Feuvre
Authors Sally O'Reilly, Matt Rogers
Format Paperback
Publisher Henry Moore Institute
Category Painting
Keywords Opera, Props, Narrative
Language English

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