FOR THOSE IN PERIL
Libretto by Francis L. Lynch & Raymond Humphreys
Music by Francis L. Lynch
Were their husbands truly safe at the lighthouse in this storm?
In the early winter of 1801, a relentless succession of storms batters the coast of Wales. At a lighthouse 20 miles out to sea where two men are stationed, their prolonged quarrel comes to an unexpected and deadly conclusion, just a month before they are scheduled to be relieved. Meanwhile, on shore, the keepers' wives wait anxiously and pray for their husbands' safety. After passing ships report a possible sign of distress at the lighthouse, the wives' anxiety deepens, but the authorities can do nothing until the storms abate. When a relief party is finally able to land on the rocks of the lighthouse, a grim discovery awaits them.
Based on a true event, this new work from the composer of Joseph's Gift uses just six singers and five players (flute, clarinet, violin, viola, and cello) in twenty brief scenes to relate the tale of this tragic episode in maritime history.
EVANSTON CHAMBER OPERA COMPANY presents
The World Premiere Performances of For Those in Peril
James Janssen, Music Director
Sally Craige Christensen, Stage Director
Mark Crayton, Production Coordinator