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Another America

25/02/2014
Errollyn Wallen
Errollyn Wallen’s operatic project Another America is an exploration into the black condition, past, present and future: The Royal Opera House and Nitro commissioned Another America: Earth, premièred the opera in November 2003 and revived the piece in 2005, including a BBC television broadcast; Another America: Fire was commissioned by Push and first seen at Sadler’s Wells in September 2004; Another America: Air was commissioned by the Abbotsholme Arts Society and first performed by Nicholas Mulroy and John Reid in 2009.

Another America: Earth is an original story set in the Mississippi Delta in 1930. The North-South divide, religion, racism and the recent discovery of Pluto form the backdrop to a galaxy of characters each expressing different aspects of human longing.

Another America: Earth (2003) 20 minutes
2S.Mez.2T.Bar soli
1.0.0.1–1.1.1.0–2Perc–ElecBassGtr–Str(1.0.0.3.0)
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Another America: Fire is set in Houston, 2014. Asante is to be part of the crew for the first mission to Mars which will take two years. She has worked very hard all her life to fulfil her dream of going to Mars. However, she is beset by a crippling fear which she cannot disclose for risk of losing her place on the history-making mission.

Another America: Fire (2004) 45 minutes
2S.2Mez.T.Bar.South African Singer soli–SATB chorus
1.0.1.1–1.1.10–Perc–Pf–ElecBassGtr–Hp–Str(1.1.(1).2.2.1)
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Another America: Air is a vignette about the composer’s uncle, set during the Second World War. Far from his native country and fighting for a colonial power, his displacement and dreams of home colour every aspect of his experience.

Another America: Air (2009) 12 minutes
T solo–Pf
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