The Tigers (Brian, Havergal)

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Publisher Info.:

London: Cranz, 1932. Plate C.47300.


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Work Title The Tigers: Opera in 3 acts
Alternative Title
Composer Brian, Havergal
Movements/Sections Prologue and 3 Acts
Year/Date of Composition Composed 1917–19; orchestrated 1921–22 and 1928–29
First Performance 1983, recorded 3–8 January, broadcast 3 May on BBC Radio 3: Soloists, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lionel Friend
First Publication 1932 (vocal score)
Librettist Composer
Language English
Average Duration 165 minutes
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation 3 flutes (2 also piccolos), 3 oboes (1 also cor anglais), 3 clarinets (1 also E clarinet, 1 also bass clarinet), 3 bassoons (1 also contrabassoon), 6 horns, 4 trumpets, bugle in C, 4 trombones, 5 tubas, euphonium, timpani (3 players), percussion (cymbal, bass drum, side drum, long drum, triangle, tambourine, tam-tam, thunder machine, whip, sleigh bells, town crier’s bell, police bell, ship’s siren, telephone bell, police whistle, motor horn, fire bells, tubular bells (in B, C, D, E), xylophone, glockenspiel, celesta, harmonica, 2 vibraphones, tubaphone), 2 harps, organ, strings; off-stage (Act III, scene 2: 2 or more piccolos, 4 or more flutes, 3 or more side drums, bass drum)


Rôle Voice type Act(s) Singer in 1983 broadcast
Toy Seller soprano Prologue Marilyn Hill-Smith
Sweetmeat Seller contralto Prologue Ann Marie Owens
Old clothes Seller tenor Prologue John Winfield
Fruit Seller bass Prologue Alan Watt
Billposter baritone Prologue Norman Welsby
Costerwoman mezzo-soprano Prologue Ann Marie Owens
1st Coster baritone Prologue Ian Caddy
2nd Coster (Henry) bass Prologue Denis Wicks
3rd Coster (Bill) baritone Prologue Alan Watt
2 Policemen baritones Prologue Ian Caddy, Alan Watt
Keeper of Elephant baritone Prologue Norman Welsby
Man on Elephant baritone Prologue Kenneth Wollam
Crier baritone Prologue Richard Angas
Artist baritone Prologue Paul Crook
2 Ladies sopranos Prologue Teresa Cahill, Marilyn Hill-Smith
2 Gents basses Prologue Ian Caddy, Henry Herford
Youngman baritone Prologue
Columbine soprano Prologue Alison Hargan
Pantalon tenor Prologue Harry Nicoll
6 Clergymen tenors, baritones & basses Act 1 John Winfield, Paul Crook, Alan Watt, Norman Welsby, Alan Opie, Denis Wicks
2 Dudes contraltos Act 1
3 Policemen baritones Act 1 Ian Caddy, Alan Watt, Richard Angas
Colonel Sir John Stout bass Acts 1–3 Malcolm Donnelly
Regimental Sergeant Major bass Acts 1–3 Eric Shilling
Apparition of Red Indian baritone Act 2 Denis Wicks
Apparition of Alexander the Great bass Act 2 Richard Angas
Apparition of Napoleon the Great baritone Act 2 Alan Opie
Apparition of Lady Stout soprano Act 2 Alison Hargan
Bishop tenor Act 2 Paul Crook
1 Lady (Mrs Curzon) mezzo-soprano Act 2 Ameral Gunson
Man (in Plus Fours) tenor Act 2 Kenneth Wollam
Mrs Pamela Freebody soprano Acts 2 & 3 Teresa Cahill
Police Sergeant bass Act 3 Norman Welsby
Constable tenor Act 3 Harry Nicoll
2 Cooks tenors Act 3 John Winfield, Paul Crook


Prologue: Chorus of Street Crowd, including Italian Organ Grinder with Monkey
Act 1: Soldiers of The Tigers
Act 2: Chorus of Haymakers — Soldiers of The Tigers
Act 3: Chorus of Firemen, Villagers, Bargemen, Policemen and Soldiers of The Tigers
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