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Reduced opera orchestrations

Full-scale operas prepared for chamber-sized performance each with carefully tailored reduced orchestration. These reorchestrations for chamber ensemble are ideal for smaller venues and touring companies and are now available for hire for the first time.

Orchestrations available to date include:

  • Carmen
  • Cosi fan tutte
  • Ballo in Maschera
  • Tosca
  • Magic Flute

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All Theatre Music Edition's scores are re-typeset using Finale, with all parts carefully arranged with appropriate page turns.

Theatre Music Editions is able to undertake commissions - if you have a need for a reduced orchestration to suit your requirements, either as a modification of one of the existing orchestral reductions, or for an opera not currently in the Theatre Music Editions repertoire, contact Theatre Music Editions to discuss your needs.

Who needs orchestral reductions?

Small opera groups and touring companies face a difficult decision: to perform with a full orchestra, to 'thin out' the orchestration for a smaller number of players, or to use a piano alone.

Theatre Music Editions' carefully crafted 'chamber orchestrations' have been successfully used for a number of years in a variety of venues. They retain much of the composer's orchestral colour whilst shifting the emphasis from a large orchestral timbre to a chamber sound. I believe that many other companies may be able to benefit from the work I have put in to these reorchestrations, so I am making these practical editions available for the first time to other opera companies.

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10 and12 August 2007
Carmen in Massachusetts

Cape Cod Opera perform Carmen

13-14 July 2007
Carmen at Southshore Conservatory

Part of the Southshore Conservatory Evening under the stars series

7 August 2006:
Bizet Carmen now available complete!

The full version of  Carmen had a successful performance by Westford Chorus.  

Watch this space for details.

Theatre Music Editions can also offer a number of other music research, editing and music preparation services.
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