Opera - Flight
An opera in three acts
Libretto by April De Angelis
'Look! Up there'
Bill, Tina, Refugee
'Excuse me. Have you any English money?'
Refugee, Bill, Tina
'Welcome travellers. Thank you for travelling Tri-Star'
'Do I look conspicuous?'
Older Woman, Refugee, Controller
'Welcome. We're always smiling as you can see'
Steward, Stewardess, Refugee, Older Woman
'Down you go. Scurry down'
'That's us.' 'Is that us?'
Minskman, Minskwoman, Controller, Older Woman
'No! I don't seem able to go'
Minkswoman, Minskman, Controller, Refugee
'What have I done?'
Minskwoman, Steward, Stewardess, Bill, Tina, Older Woman
'What have I just done? Why couldn't I go?'
'Excuse me. Have you a hat or a scarf?'
Refugee, Older Woman, Stewardess, Steward, Tina, Bill, Controller
'Look who's coming!'
Controller, Refugee, Minskwoman, Bill, Tina, Older Woman, Steward, Stewardess
'Gone.' 'Time to be gone'
Refugee, Tina, Controller, Bill, Minskwoman, Older Woman, Steward, Stewardess
'Disgusting.' 'Record lusting'
Controller, Bill, Tina, Older Woman, Minskwoman
'Due to circumstances beyond our control'
'The storm is getting worse'
Steward, Stewardess, Bill, Tina, Older Woman, Minskwoman
'I know. We could do the business with our trolleys'
Stewardess, Older Woman, Minskwoman, Steward, Tina, Bill
'Fierce night. Jagged light'
'I bought this suitcase in New York'
Minskwoman, Steward, Stewardess, Bill, Refugee, Older Woman, Tina
'The thing about people is'
'About this stone. Is it true?'
Older Woman, Refugee, Tina, Bill, Minskwoman, Steward, Stewardess, Controller
'A wish for me. I'm wishing for my brother'
Refugee, Bill, Steward
'Excuse me, can I trouble you for some advice?'
Older Woman, Tina, Minskwoman, Stewardess, Bill
'What's this for?' 'Let's see . . .'
Bill, Steward, Older Woman, Tina, Stewardess, Minskwoman
Women, Refugee, Older Woman, Controller, Tina, Stewardess, Minskwoman
'You have a stone?'
'I believed in miracles'
Older Woman, Minskwoman, Stewardess, Tina, Refugee, Controller, Bill, Steward
'What a dreadful night'
'A plane is coming!'
Controller, Older Woman
'I flew back immediately. I'm not angry'
Minskman, Minskwoman, Tina, Bill, Steward
'Oh my goodness!'
Bill, Tina, Steward, Stewardess
'Oh look, he isn't moving'
Stewardess, Older Woman, Minskwoman, Steward
'Ow!' 'What is it?'
'It's so small'
'New, wondrous, nothing so new as you'
Refugee, Tina, Stewardess, Older Woman, Controller, Minskwoman, Bill, Minskman
'He's coming back! Get in the trunk!'
Controller, Refugee, Immigration Officer, Women, Men
'Surely you can be magnanimous on such a day as this'
Minskman, Minskwoman, Immigration Officer, Tina, Steward, Stewardess
'You can't fool rules'
Immigration Officer, Older Woman, Bill, Steward, Tina, Refugee, Controller
'Dawn, still darkness . . .'
'But look at me now'
Refugee, Immigration Officer, Stewardess, Older Woman, Minskwoman, Minskman
' . . .I can't do much for you . . .'
'Immigration Officer, Older Woman, Steward, Bill, Tina, Stewardess
' . . .Flights to Minsk and places smarter . . .'
Controller, Older Woman, Minskman, Minskwoman, Bill, Tina, Steward, Stewardess, Refugee
'A frozen man falling like a frozen star'
Christopher Robson countertenor - Refugee
Claron McFadden soprano - Controller
Richard Coxon tenor - Bill
Mary Plazas soprano - Tina
Nuala Willis mezzo-soprano - Older Woman
Ann Taylor mezzo-soprano - Stewardess
Garry Magee baritone - Steward
Steven Page bass-baritone - Minskman
Anne Mason mezzo-soprano - Minskwoman
Richard van Allan bass-baritone - Immigration Officer