Overview: Opera in 3 acts, originally called Deirdre of the Sorrows.
Authorship: Healey Willan, Words by John Coulter
Composition Date: Composed September 1943 – May 1945 (condensed score Act II completed 10 September 1944, Act III 22 May 1945). See also Conochar’s Queen (HWC 026).
Scored For: Nine Voices/SATB/2222/4331/Timp, Harp/Strings
Number of Pages: Condensed score, 169 p. Vocal score in copyist’s manuscript, 247 p.
Notes About Music: Commissioned by the CBC. First performed 20 April 1946, CBC studios, Toronto, produced by Ernest Morgan, sung by Ernest Berry, George Lambert, Lionel Daunais, John Harcourt, Olive Blakeley, Frances James, William Morton, Frederick Morris, Jack Reid and a CBC chorus under Albert Whitehead, and a CBC orchestra conducted by Ettore Mazzoleni.
Holograph: NL of C. Condensed score, 169 p. Vocal score in copyist’s manuscript, 247 p. Various sketches. Full score listed under HWC 030a.
Publication: Libretto: Deirdre of the Sorrows, Toronto, Macmillan Co. of Canada, 1944. xi, 72 p. Deirdre, revised version, ibid., 1965. 32 p.
Recordings: Non-commercial recording (CBC P.A.T. – 661011-8; CMC 275).
Score Available: Contact the Healey Willan Society
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