Leo Geyer

Composer and Conductor

Artistic Director:  

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The Mermaid Zennor (2011)

The Mermaid of Zennor was first performed by the Royal Northern College of Music conducted by Leo Geyer on the 10th of December 2011 at the Royal Northern College of Music Studio Theatre.

 

Director - Florence Wright

Principals - Amy Webber, Harriet Eaves, Timothy Langston.

chamber opera (libretto by Martin Kratz)

Duration: 30'

Premiere

Preface

Based on a Cornish legend, the opera brings the mermaid to life in a dramatic collision with the  twenty-first century, exploring the ever-shifting boundaries of memory, myth and reality.

Siren - Rachel Pank

Cast

WALKER soprano

MOVEREN mezzo-soprano

MATTHEW tenor

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flute

clarinet

bassoon

horn

percussion

harp

viola

bass

Siren (Cropped)

Notable Performances

7th June 2012

RNCM - Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall

 

18th/19th of August 2012      

The Contella Orchestra - Tête à Tête Opera Festival, Riverside Studios

"imaginative and beautifully shaped."

The Times

The opera recognises that this is a local legend and tries as much as possible to evoke a sense of place. As soon as one arrives in the village of Zennor (a few miles from St. Ives), it is clear why the mermaid is so prevalent in local stories. You cannot see the beach from the village itself, as the land folds away so suddenly. There is carving of a mermaid said to be over six hundred years old, in the local church.

Reviews

"The piece opened with a poetic and beautifully realised instrumental prelude which rose out of the sounds of the waves. Throughout Geyer’s writing for the instruments was poised and sparely elegant."

Planet Hughill

Availability

The Mermaid of Zennor is available to hire (which includes vocal reducation). Please contact the composer directly to discuss rental arrangements and performance rights.