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KING YOU'S FOLLY

King You (周幽王), ruler of the Zhou Dynasty, and married to Queen Shen (申 后), falls in love with a beautiful concubine named Bao Si and she bears him a son. He banishes his Queen and their son Prince Yijiu and installs his new love at Court.

However, the King’s dreams of a new life of domestic bliss are thwarted when he fails to satisfy Bao Si’s every whim, try as he does to please her.

Justice prevails when Queen Shen, accompanied by her father the Marquess of Shen and the Quanrong nomads, attack the palace and kill King You. Bao Si takes her own life and that of her child. Prince Yijiu ascends as King Ping of Zhou and a new era is begun.

At the composing and funding stage.

Composer: Malcolm Bruce

Producer: Wilfried Rimensberger

A story of lust, betrayal and justice

BO YANGFU [soothsayer] baritone

BAO SI [concubine, queen] dramatic coloratura soprano

KING YOU bass

QUEEN SHEN [deposed queen] mezzo-soprano

 

PRINCE YIJIU [deposed crown prince] boy soprano / young tenor

 

CAPTAIN [representing King You's Army] tenor

 

MARQUESS OF SHEN [Queen Shen's father] baritone

CHARACTERS

KING YOU'S FOLLY

an opera in 2 acts