Piece/Peace Together, a chancel opera
Children's and Liturgical Opera Company, LLC
www.chancelopera.com
 
LITURGICAL OPERA: Piece Together
 
 
PIECE/PEACE TOGETHER
a chancel opera based on the story
of the raising of the daughter of Jairus
 
Children's and Liturgical Opera performing at
Trinity Church on the Green, New Haven, CT
 

CAST:

5-7 sopranos, one mezzo soprano

ACCOMPANIMENT:

piano

CHORUS:

no separate chorus

DANCE:

one 12-year-old female modern or ballet dancer optional (to act the raising of Jairus's daughter)

PROPS:

minimal household materials. Details in score.

SOURCE OF TEXTS:

Gospel texts: Matthew 9:18-26, Mark 5:21-43 and Luke 8:40-56

LANGUAGE:

English

MUSICAL STYLE:

tonal, melodic, some chant

SCENES:

one

DURATION:

twenty minutes

HEAR A SOUND SAMPLE:
  Click here to hear the entire opera
HEAR A SOUND SAMPLE:
 

Click here to hear part of Jairus's daughter's aria (Martha Bennett Oneppo, soprano)

PREMIER:
  Trinity Church on the Green
New Haven, CT, 1987
REVIEW:
 

"A moving and touching dramatization."
Carl Gerbrandt, Sacred Musical Drama, a Producer's Guide

SYNOPSIS

It is sixteen years after the death of Jesus. A group of women gathers at a well at the edge of their village. A stranger joins them, and the women discover that she is the daughter of Jairus, who at age twelve was raised by Jesus from the dead.

 

On the same day as that long-ago raising of Jairus' daughter, a woman was cured of bleeding when she touched Jesus' garment. This woman is among those at the well. She and Jairus' now-grown daughter meet, and with joy and amazement all the friends piece together the events of that day long ago.

 

Piano/ vocal score for PIECE TOGETHER: $50. Includes shipping within the U.S. as well as copying and performing rights (see contract which accompanies order form).

"Piece/Peace Together" Musical Score as PDF downloadable file: $25.

CD of three chancel operas (THE OTHER WISE MAN, PIECE TOGETHER, and TALES FROM A MAGIC MONASTERY): $20. Price includes shipping within the U.S. form).

 

Composer's comment: It is generally easier for us to find female singers than male, and yet most Bible stories have more male characters than female. This opera offers a solution. It is dramatic and has powerful, beautiful solos for two sopranos and a mezzo soprano.

 

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