Kareol is a short opera, presented as one act in four scenes. It evokes the tradition of entertainments in the Great Halls of large historic houses, and was conceived as "opera lite", suitable for use in lightly-funded productions. It is scored for flute, harp, timpani, and organ (or string ensemble), thus giving it special appeal for community and educational arts groups. In this new story, Tristan's castle, Kareol, was given to Brangaene after the deaths of Tristan and Isolde, and became a place of healing. At first glance, it might seem only a simple and sentimental story, a happy, melodic entertainment for a festive occasion. At a deeper level, however, we see throughout ample evidence of the consequences of love denied and love betrayed. We meet a courageous princess seeking aid for "the healing of the land," and we are drawn anew into questions of near-death consciousness, and toward new perspectives on an ancient story whose meanings reach through the generations seeking still to be made known. This initial full-score review edition includes a synopsis, foreword by the composer, and a brief summary of the Tristan and Isolde background story. The libretto is by the composer. Performance time is approximately ninety minutes.
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