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'The Making of a Mummers Opera'

Abstract

This paper is concerned with how and why the opera 'Make Room for Mummers' was created and performed. It describes the relationship between the opera and the Widcombe Mummers and their St George's Day play. It also examines how the opera differs from classical opera and its links to folk music. It explores the compositional methods used and particular technical challenges entailed in transferring the mummers play to the opera stage. The debut performances at a folk festival and an arts festival are considered, as are the different reactions from these audiences. [Full PDF - 513kB]

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© 2012, Anne Gregson. Webmaster: (peter.millington@mastermummers.org). Reviewed: 23-Aug-2013