The Furies (2005)
opera in one act on Aeschylus’ Eumenides, 90 minutes
Libretto by Sarah B. Ferrario (trans. from the ancient Greek)
Orestes is placed on trial at Athens for his mother’s murder, and is acquitted. Athena, appeases the Furies, who have prosecuted Orestes, by making them honored gods in Athens.
Instrumentation: flute, oboe, violin, viola, cello, piano, 1 percussion
Let Pan Care for Her Thriving Flocks
Ah, Sisters, We Suffer!
Mother’s Blood Moves Me
Performers: Bridgid Eversole, soprano, James Rogers, baritone, Catholic University Opera Theater
Opera website: http://music.cua.edu/furies
With streaming video and audio of the 2006 premiere production