Music by Matthew Dewey
Libretto by Robert Jarman and Matthew Dewey
Based on a concept by Robert Jarman
George Meredith, in an attic room in the nineteenth century, prepares himself to model for painting “The Death of Chatterton”, and wonders at how the death occurred. Chatterton himself tells the tale from the seventeen hundreds – and Rowley (a fifteenth century monk of Chatterton’s creation) convinces us of Chatterton’s genius back two hundred years before. The key however, lies not with Meredith, Rowley nor Chatterton but with Chatterton’s first biographer, John Dix – who delights in revealing a final convolution. Who is Thomas Chatterton? – and when did he die?
Photo: Christopher Richardson as TC in the premiere season by the
IHOS Music Theatre Laboratory in September 2005. Photo by Peter Mathew.
CHARACTERS (Original Performer)
Thomas Chatterton, – Baritone (Christopher Richardson)
Rowley, John Dix,
a book publisher
and a newspaper editor.
Conductor – Matthew Dewey
Director – Robert Jarman
Designer – Rachel Lang
Lighting Designer – Marianne Taylor
1 operatic singer/actor
8 Instrumentalists – Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet (w/ Bass Clarinet Bb), Horn in F, Trombone, Tuba, Cello & Percussion
Stage crew as required