RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
The Pilgrim`s Progress
Libretto: Ralph Vaughan Williams after John Bunyan`s allegory with interpolations from the Bible and verse by Ursula Vaughan Williams
Prologue: Bunyan in Prison
Scene 1: The Pilgrim meets Evangelist
Scene 2: The House Beautiful
Scene 1: The Arming of the Pilgrim
Scene 2: The Pilgrim meets Apollyon
Scene 1: Vanity Fair
Chorus of Traders: 'Buy! What will ye buy!'
Pilgrim: 'I buy the truth!'
Scene 2: The Pilgrim in Prison
Scene 1: The Pilgrim meets Mister By-Ends
Scene 2: The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains
First Shepherd: 'Who so dwelleth. . .'
Voice of a Bird: 'The Lord is my Shepherd'
Scene 3: The Pilgrim reaches the End of his Journey
Gerald Finley baritone - The Pilgrim
Peter Coleman-Wright baritone - John Bunyan
Jeremy White bass - Evangelist
Richard Coxon tenor
Roderick Williams bass
Gideon Saks bass
Francis Egerton tenor
Rebecca Evans soprano
Susan Gritton soprano
Pamela Helen Stephen mezzo-soprano
Anne-Marie Owens mezzo-soprano
Mark Padmore tenor
Robert Hayward baritone
Adrian Thompson tenor
5-7 & 9 November 1997