Opera

The Confessions of a Justified Sinner

Opera in 3 acts. 3 main characters plus chorus Libretto: John Currie (based on a novel by James Hogg). Performances: York, Leeds, Newcastle Aberdeen, Inverness, Glasgow, BBC.

1974 2222/323/Timp/Perc/Hp/Pf.Cel.EO.(1 player) Tape/Sts. Commissioned by Scottish Opera.

“Thomas Wilson’s operas are unjustly neglected works by Scotland’s finest composer bar none.” “Such is the power of the ‘Sinner’ that one is bowled over and consequently unable to apply objective criticism.” Malcolm Rayment.

135′
The Charcoal Burner

Opera in one act. 8 characters. Libretto: Edwin Morgan.

1968 3222/4331/Timp/Perc/Hp/Pf/Cel/Sts. Commissioned by the BBC.

“The broadcast left no doubt that this is a major contribution to operatic literature. Wilson’s touch is everywhere assured – and never more so that in the extraordinary passage that accompanies the murder.”

60′