The End of the Affair (opera)
|The End of the Affair|
|Opera by Jake Heggie|
The End of the Affair|
by Graham Greene
Houston Grand Opera
Based on the Graham Greene novel of the same title, it is set in London in 1944 and 1946 and focuses on Maurice and Sarah. Maurice vows to end their illicit affair if his life is spared in a bombing. His survival leads to Sarah's religious conversion, and Maurice's railing against God for it. After Sarah returns to her husband, Maurice hires a private detective to investigate her under direction of her husband Henry.
The second version of the opera was recorded live in 2007 at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City with Emily Pulley (soprano) as Sarah Miles, Keith Phares (baritone) as Maurice Bendrix, Joyce Castle (mezzo-soprano) as Mrs. Bertram, Victor Benedetti (baritone) as Henry Miles, Robert Orth (baritone) as private Mr. Parkis, and Gerard Powers (tenor) as Richard Smythe.
Reaction to the version of the novel was decidedly mixed. "In what is a kind of on-stage musical equivalent of the slow fade into a flashback, he tells the story while bits and pieces are sung by the other characters until we are firmly in the flashback. That was an interesting effect that worked well," The same reviewer comments: "That is a good message but the response from most was so what. The connection between that and the love of God was not communicated."
|Role||Voice type||Premiere cast, March 2004|
Conductor: Patrick Summers
|Sarah Miles||soprano||Cheryl Barker|
|Maurice Bendrix, Sarah's lover||baritone||Teddy Tahu Rhodes|
|Henry Miles, Sarah's husband||baritone||Peter Coleman-Wright|
|Mr. Parkis, a private detective||baritone||Robert Orth|
|Richard Smythe, a rationalist||tenor||Joseph Evans|
|Mrs. Bertram, Sarah's mother||mezzo-soprano||Katherine Ciesinski|
|Lancelot, young son||speaking role|
- "Opera Review; Bombs Fall, and an Affair Is Disrupted" by John Rockwell, The New York Times, March 12, 2004
- "A Bargain and a Prayer" on YouTube, Cheryl Barker and William Dazeley, London Philharmonic Orchestra, David Parry; Chandos Records 2009