Shield, William: Rosina
Edited by John Drummond
First published in 1998
Dimensions (mm): 330 x 254 x 15
A retelling of the biblical story of Ruth in a rural north-of-England setting, Rosina was Shield’s fourth opera, and was a considerable success at its premiere on the last day of December, 1782. Rosina’s importance lies in its musical charm, its content (which includes borrowed and original vocal numbers), and in its status as the only English opera of the period for which orchestral parts survive.
The full performing material for this opera is available for rental.