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Lightning-Rod Man The Lightning-Rod Man

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2009 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra

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Martin Dixon


Amy Parker


Short story by Herman Melville (1819-1891)



First Performance: Glasgow (Òran Mór), 20 February 2009.

Scottish Opera premiere: As above.



The successful launch of Scottish Opera's novelty format of 15 minute 'tryout' operas - Five:15, Operas made in Scotland - made it almost inevitable that a second batch should be performed the following season (with a third series to follow in 2010). Even after the five pairs of collaborators were chosen, and agreed to participate, the works had to be created in time. A further challenge came during rehearsals, when the order of play had to be decided, the aim being to show each work in its best light, while providing a satisfactorily structured evening - by no means an easy thing to do. This piece was selected to lead the event, and certainly gave it an impressive start.



Commentator (tenor)

Lightning-Rod Man (baritone)

Man (counter-tenor)


Programme Note

Middle America, 1856. A thunderstorm rages. A salesman arrives at a man's homestead peddling his strange scientific implement but the God-trusting poet refuses to be drawn into the salesman's trade in fear. Which do you choose? God or science? Man or nature? Myth or the modern? And do you buy?

The Cast

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