Midsummer Marriage, The
- Geraint Lewis
Opera in three acts by michael Tippett to his own libretto; London, Covent Garden, 27 January 1955.
Tippett had written a folksong opera in 1934 and two children’s operas in 1938–9; a first full-scale opera was to be the goal of his first decade of mature composition and the completion of a long-term strategy. He considered a range of ideas, and others developed during this period but were then discarded. A crucial stage in the journey towards his operatic vision was his war-time oratorio ...