Judgment of Midas: Libretto for the Opera
A young quarrelling couple—Franny, a pop star, and Theo, a serious composer—visit the ruins of the ancient city of Sardis in modern Turkey. They step around a corner and find themselves in the midst of an ancient musical contest—not unlike their own personal conflict—between the Greek Gods, Pan and Apollo, where the fabled, imprudent, and impulsive King Midas is to be the judge.
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Judgment of Midas is a contemporary opera composed by Kamran Ince, with a story and libretto by Miriam Seidel. In addition to the libretto, Seidel has written a Preface, touching on the history of the commission by Dr. Crawford H. Greenewalt Jr. (former field director of the Sardis excavations), and the collaboration between the composer and librettist, with a synopsis of the story, all with a goal of helping the audience understand and appreciate this new exotic world opera.