Instrumentation sop., ten., bar., bass, 2 vlns., vla., vlc., cb., fl/picc., cl., bn., hn., synth., guit., perc.
The melancholic house of Usher is the backdrop to a world in decay. The peculiar feeling of desolation, loneliness, melancholy and purposelessness, that ‘abject dreariness’ that Edgar Allen POE knew so well, takes on a strangely beautiful, mesmerising quality in Glass’ operatic version. Here Poe meets the present in a kind of ‘Industrial Gothic’, his moody minimalism charting Roderick Usher’s enigmatic demise.
“… A Masterpiece in Melbourne …”
Australian Premiere Merlyn Theatre, Melbourne, August 1990.
Directed byDouglas Horton
Composed byPhillip Glass
Text byArthur Yorinkls (after Edgar Allen Poe)
Stage Design byTrina Parker and Wiggy Brennan
Lighting Design byDavid Murray