Stanford, Charles V: Travelling Companion, The. Op. 146. Opera in four acts. Rental
Libretto by Henry Newbolt after the story of Hans Andersen.
Full scores, vocal scores, chorus parts, instrumental material
Duration: 180 minutes
For two soprano, mezzo soprano, tenor, three baritone, bass baritone and two bass soloists and SATB chorus, with piccolo, two flutes, two oboes, cor anglais, two clarinets, bass clarinet, two bassoons, contrabassoon, four horns, three trumpets, two on-stage trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (three players including wind and thunder machines), two harps and strings
The Travelling Companion is based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most fantastical tales, set in c.1400 AD. Following the death of his father, John a good young man, sets out to explore the wide world. After saving a corpse from desecration he receives in return a Travelling Companion of amazing resource and almost unlimited powers. After putting stop to a series of unjust executions along his journey and with the help of his companion, breaks the spell on a witch-princess and wins her hand in marriage.