Trio will commemorate the fifth anniversary of Princess Diana's passing with
the U.S. premiere of an original film capturing an opera called Death of a
Princess Aug. 30.
Composed by Jonathan Dove (opera The Palace in the Sky), the piece
uses film narrative and nonstage performances to tell the story of seven
ordinary people and how their lives are changed by the tragedy. It also
incorporates dramatized television reports.
The libretto comes from poet David Harsent (A Bird's Idea of Flight),
with Brad Cohen conducting the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Pegasus
Directed by Rupert Edwards, the program was produced by Paul Somers for Tiger
Aspect Productions Ltd., in conjunction with Trio and Channel 4 in the United
Kingdom. That outlet will premiere the work on Aug. 25.
'While traditional networks might concentrate on documentaries or new stories
about Princess Diana this August, Trio has taken a decidedly different
approach,' president Lauren Zalaznick said in a prepared statement.
'Rather than recount the tragic episodes of Diana's life, we're premiering an
original opera that deals with the lingering emotional impact of her passing,'