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Ruth(ii)locked

  • Roger Nichols

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Opera in three scenes, op.50, by Lennox Berkeley to a libretto by Eric Crozier; London, Scala Theatre, 2 October 1956.

The libretto follows the biblical story and the language of the Authorized Version fairly closely. It begins after Naomi (soprano) has returned from Moab to Bethlehem with her daughters-in-law Orpah (soprano) and Ruth (mezzo-soprano). She persuades Orpah to go back to Moab, but Ruth insists on staying with her (‘Whither thou goest, I will go’). A chorus of local women comment on how Naomi has aged....

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