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The Second Mrs Kong (Libretto, 1994)

The Second Mrs Kong is an opera by Sir Harrison Birtwistle with libretto by Russell Hoban. From Wikipedia: "Glyndebourne Touring Opera first staged the opera on 24 October 1994.The cast included Philip Langridge, Helen Field and Michael Chance. Tom Cairns designed and directed the production, in collaboration with choreographer Aletta Collins. Elgar Howarth was the conductor."

The opera contains many of Hoban's "themes and obsessions" including King Kong, the Vermeer Girl, Orpheus and Eurydice.

More details on the Glyndebourne site.

Many thanks to Tim Haillay for scanning the original Glyndebourne programme below. Click on a thumbnail to view a larger version in an overlay. If necessary you can right-click on the overlay image and then use the "view image" option to expand the image to its maximum size.

Type of work: 
Libretto
Year of first publication: 
1994
Original publisher: 
Universal Edition (London) Ltd
Dedication: 
To the memory of A. T. Hoban

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