Tuesday, May 29, 2007

News: Rankin Reveals Subject of Libretto

More news from The Guardian Hay Festival ...

Last month we reported that Ian Rankin had agreed to write a libretto for a new opera by composer Craig Armstrong. (Read more here.)

We now know the subject of that libretto. As reported by Guardian Arts correspondent Charlotte Higgins, Rankin has revealed that the opera will be a grisly historical tale of betrayal and murder.

"It's a true story of a 16th-century Italian nobleman who killed his wife, his wife's lover, and his son, because he thinks he might be a bastard," said Rankin. "He repents but he is eventually killed by his second wife."

The opera will be one of six 15-minute operas, all by writers new to the genre, to be staged in a single evening by Scottish Opera. "It will be a sort of Opera Idol," added Rankin. "The audience will get to vote on the one they want to be turned into a full-length opera. I'm just hoping I don't win that one."

Read the entire article on Guardian.co.uk here where there is additional information on Rankin continuing the Rebus series after his next book in which the Scottish detective retires.

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