Children's and Liturgical Opera Company, LLC
THE ROAD TO EMMAUS
chancel opera based on Luke 24
by Susan Hulsman Bingham
David Bell, baritone, as Jesus; Martha Bennett
Oneppo, soprano, as the Unnamed Disciple, and Timothy Bingham, tenor,
in a performance at the Heilandkirche, Stuttgart, Germany, February
Photo by Joann Goeler.
Jesus (low tenor),
and two disciples (either two tenors or one low tenor and one soprano)
piano or organ, flute
small table, two or
three chairs, minimal food for table, including bread and goblet for wine
tonal, melodic, lyrical
to hear a sound clip of this piece sung by Anthony Lopez, baritone, and
Timothy Bingham and Thomas Crumb, tenors. Click here
for a second clip (Anthony Lopez, baritone).
"A simple but highly effective
Carl Gerbrandt, Sacred Musical Drama, a Producer's Guide
"[A] most vivid opera .
.On the Road to Emmaus . . radiated serenity and moved the audience. David
Bell sings the risen Jesus with tranquil calm, and an atmosphere is created
especially by the Hebrew blessing [sung as] a trio with Martha Bennett
Oneppo and Timothy Bingham as disciples who recognize their Messiah again." Newspaper review, Sindelfingen, Germany
NOTE: Only one of
the two disciples in Luke 24 is named. Since it has been suggested that
the unnamed disciple might hve been a woman, we have done this opera
with either all male singers or with two male and one female singer.
Both combinations work very well.
The time is four days after the death of Jesus. As the disciples walk
toward Emmaus, they discuss the events leading up to the crucifixion.
They are joined by a stranger. Eagerly the disciples recount the story
to him, making plain their doubts as to the truth of some of it. Frustrated
at their lack of conviction, the stranger reminds them that Scripture
is full of references and prophesies concerning these very events. He
quotes Moses, Zechariah, Micah and others, and others join in.
As evening is falling, the disciples invite the stranger to join them
for a meal. While breaking bread, the stranger is recognized to be Jesus.
According to Luke, Jesus disappears upon the moment of recognition.
In this opera, the moment is drawn out while Jesus sings the familiar
Hebrew blessing, "The Lord bless you and keep you . . .". The opera
ends as Jesus' amazed friends start on their way back toward Jerusalem.
Piano/ vocal score
and flute part (or violin part--may be done with either and can be done
with piano accompaniment alone) for ON THE ROAD TO EMMAUS: $50. Includes shipping within the U.S. as well as copying and performing rights (see contract which accompanies order form).
"Emmaus" chancel opera score as downloadable PDF file: $25.
CD of three chancel operas (SIMEON, ON THE ROAD TO EMMAUS, and THE AWAKENING): $20. Price includes shipping within the U.S.
Great for the Sunday immediately following Easter and usable throughout
the year for those who do not need to stick terribly closely to a lectionary.
We have done this one more than any other -- with great success. SHB