OVERVIEW Title: The SermonComposer: John HarrisLibrettist: Bernard MacLavertyCommissioned By: Tapestry Opera's Composer-Librettist LaboratoryLanguage: EnglishProducer: Tapestry OperaRoles: Role Voice Type Range ? Character Description BoymiddleBb2-C#5A boyPriestmiddle-lowE2-F4The priestWoman 1silent-spokensilentWoman in congregationWoman 2silent-spokensilentWoman in congregation Please Note: The table above has content that is scrollable left to right. Orchestration: Piano SYNOPSIS A boy is
The Child questions Lucifer’s role as tempter, while he tempts with growing intensity. He chastises the Child for bowing to authority. She erupts in anger, pushing the books aside and leaving the cage.
A distraught woman is trying to report her sexual assault to a policeman. She admits she’s had some alcohol. Instead of pursuing justice, the policeman arrests her for illegal possession of alcohol. The Child witnesses all of it.
A watcher looks over a group of faithful. His irritation turns to hatred as he accuses them of subversion. He claims to have proof hidden in some papers, but the Child has destroyed them. The Child proclaims “I know what to do,” and the tension between authority and people escalates.