The Wandering Scholar (Holst) – dossier

THE WANDERING SCHOLAR

Op. 50

A chamber opera in one act

By Gustav Holst

Libretto by Clifford Bax

Founded on an incident in Helen Waddell’s “The Wandering Scholars”

First performed: David Lewis Theatre, Liverpool, 31 January 1934

My review


CHARACTERS

Louis, a farmer (baritone): Richard Pryce

Alison, his wife (soprano): Irene Eastwood

Father Philippe (bass): S.R. Maher

Pierre, a wandering scholar (tenor): John Ward

 

The action takes place in the kitchen of a French farm-house on an April afternoon in the 13th century