Sands of Time (opera)

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Sands of Time is an opera created by Welsh composer Peter Reynolds and librettist Simon Rees. It is credited by Guinness World Records as the shortest opera on Earth at 3 minutes and 34 seconds. Reynolds said the piece was intended to "match the boiling of an egg" and "to create a piece which bore the same relationship to opera as a miniature does to a full-length portrait...It included all the component parts of an opera - overture, introductory chorus, arias and recitative - though in highly condensed form". [1] The opera debuted on March 27, 1993 in Cardiff city centre.


  1. ^ Alfred Hickling, Is that it?, The Guardian, April 7, 2004

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