The Making of the Representative for Planet 8 (opera)
The opera was first performed at Houston Grand Opera on 8 July 1988. The British premiere was 9 November 1988 by English National Opera at the London Coliseum. This production was broadcast live in the UK on Radio 3 on 13 December 1988. Due to a technical fault, scene four from Act III was not broadcast.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere Cast, 8 July 1988
(Conductor: John DeMain)
|Doeg Memory-maker and Storyteller||Baritone||Harlan Foss|
|Johor Canopean agent||Bass||Timothy Breeze|
|Alsi a young woman||Soprano||Louise Edeiken|
|Marl Keeper of the Herds||Baritone||David Langan|
|Bratch Guardian of Health||Mezzo-soprano||Julia Parks|
|Pedug Teacher of the Young||Baritone||RIchard Sutliff|
|Rivalin Custodian of the Lake||Mezzo-soprano||Patricia Shockler|
|Masson the Builder||Tenor||Edgar Moore|
|Klin Tender of Fruits and Plants||Soprano||Edrie Means|
|Nooni a young man||Tenor||Jason Alexander|
The people of Planet 8 are peaceful and content, until one of the Canopean Agents arrives and tells them to prepare for an impending ice age. The embattled population fights courageously in the face of certain death, and their efforts are transformed when they become the one single 'representative' of the planet's people and culture.
Unlike many of Philip Glass's other operas, The Making of the Representative for Planet 8 has not been recorded for CD sale.
- Houston Grand Opera program notes
- English National Opera programme notes. Henrietta Bredin (editor), Battley Brothers Printers, London.