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Volante's 'The Lord of the Rings' - The Opera


Apr 8, 4:57pm

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Volante's 'The Lord of the Rings' - The Opera

greendragon brings us some news!

EXCLUSIVE: Tolkien Estate grants permission to Lord of the Rings opera

Our good friends at Volante Opera have been in touch with very exciting news! You may remember, in 2022 and 2023 we brought you news of their work with composer Paul Corfield Godfrey, to bring to life his operas of stories from [I[The Silmarillion.

Godfrey had for many years been working on operatic excerpts from The Lord of the Rings – and during lockdown, he and the Volante Opera folks had even begun recording excerpts, ‘just in case’; but the Tolkien Estate had not granted permission for those works to be released.

We can now exclusively reveal that Godfrey and Volante Opera Productions have been granted permission to release recordings and scores of these works.
There are thirty ‘chapters’, intended to be performed over six evenings. The text is (of course) abridged, but uses as closely as possible Tolkien’s own words; and fans can even look forward to an appearance by that most elusive of characters in adaptations, Tom Bombadil!

The fifteen CD set should be available in 2025. Meanwhile, you can enjoy Volante’s previous recordings of Godfrey’s Silmarillion settings, available to purchase on their website; and here’s a trailer, with aural ‘glimpses’ of what treats we have in store.

More details at the link!

“Hell hath no fury like that of the uninvolved.” - Tony Isabella

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Apr 18, 10:48am

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Why did I not know about this?

At least the part about the Silmarillion been an opera. I used to argue that the Silmarillion should be an opera against those who wanted it to be a musical. I thought that I was the only one with that opinion, but clearly I wasn't looking at the website.


Apr 18, 1:31pm

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