For You


For You is a new opera that brings together the music of composer and BBC Radio 3 presenter Michael Berkeley and Booker-prize winning author Ian McEwan. This gripping tale of love, lust and obsession centers on the composer and prodigious womanizer Charles Frieth (Alan Opie), and the tragic consequences that his selfish actions cause him and those around.

Although essentially dark, there are moments of irony, wit, and humour throughout the opera. Soaring vocal lines, intricate ensemble pieces, and imaginative instrumental writing make this an electrifying work. Masterly performed by Music Theatre Wales, directed by Michael Rafferty.

The music, conducted here by Michael Rafferty, is energetic, deftly coloured and carefully balanced, allowing the excellent voices, including Alan Opie’s Frieth, to make their due mark – The Sunday Times

It bristles with wit and lyricism, while giving other composers and librettists a lesson in how to drape operativ tradition in modern clothes – The Financial Times

Berkeley’s score is lively, abrasive and strongly crafted … the performance (recorded live) is focused, with excellent orchestral playing and a strong central performance by Alan Opie –  The Daily Telegraph

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Michael Berkeley

Ian McEwan

Music Theatre Wales

Michael Rafferty conductor

RELEASE DATE: 23/08/2010
BARCODE: 635212020821

Act 1

1. Scene 1 The Rehearsal Room

2. Scene 2 The Frieths’ London house

3. Scene 3 The Frieths’ London house

4. Scene 4 The Frieths’ London house

5. Scene 5 Charles’s Study

6. Scene 6 Charles’s Study

Act 2

7. Scene 1 The Hospital

8. Scene 2 Charles’s Study

9. Scene 3 The Hospital

10. Scene 4 The Rehearsal Room

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