S,T,B,BBar;pre-recorded TTBB chorus
0.2(I,II=bcl).0.0-0.1.1.0-perc(1):marimba/crot/mark tree/tamb/5tpl.bl/2wdbl/2congas/2bongos/SD/pedal BD/hi-hat/susp.cym(lg)/tam-t-synth-strings(220.127.116.11.1)
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Howard Assembly Room, Leeds
Tim Albery, director / Opera North, Psappha / Nicholas Kok
"...the perfect operatic subject: squalid and earthbound yet imbued with a radiant, almost mythic quality… At the start of what one hopes will be a long operatic career, Simpson has pulled off a genuine coup."
"...a scenario which is essentially disturbing and, for two of the four characters, ultimately tragic… Psappha brought out the great variety of colours and textures in Simpson’s brilliant score. Pleasure makes a powerful impact…"
"Simpson’s self-confessed aim is that his music should supply those qualities of intimacy, beauty, warmth, pain and suffering that he sees lacking in much contemporary opera. He does this with skill, variety and strong dramatic impulse… it has the makings of a hit."