An operatic study with a duration of approximately 45 minutes.
First performances: 23rd and 24th July 2015 at the New Diorama Theatre, London, as part of the Tête à Tête Opera Festival.
Ebb is an operatic study into the last moments of a woman hit by a car as she flies through the air and hits the pavement. It is a time stops still experience, a jumble of trying to understand what is happening, combined with memories of her father, a physicist who made a video of his views on life before dying of cancer, and her uncle, a priest who sang at her father’s funeral when she was a young girl. A tragic piece, Ebb flows from alarm and chaos to serenity and acceptance.
Cast for the first performance: Dying Woman: Katie Slater; Physicist: Mark Fleischmann; Priest: Julian Charles Debreuil
Dying woman (mezzo)
Physicist (speaking part)
The accompaniment is scored for an ensemble of 11 players: flute (doubling piccolo and alto flute),
clarinet (doubling bass clarinet), horn, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, piano and 2 percussionists.
23 July 2015