The Throne Room Of Henry III

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Tenor: Morgan Crowley (Bruno and Henry III): boy soprano: Alex Smith; Counter tenor and mezzo soprano: Iestyn Morris and Caitríona O'Leary resp (courtiers). Music © Roger Doyle PRS

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A BOY walks on stage, a court page. In his hand is a wooden model of the solar system which he raises high and begins to sing.

BOY: Stand forth, Lightseyes.
Bruno of Nola.

Giordano BRUNO in the court of Henry III. The KING of France sits on a throne with two COURTIERS.

BRUNO: To one who is about to behold the Daughter of the Sun,
she who is learned in magical lore,
and who comes from the hidden places:
you shall go as a free man into the House of Circe,
not bound by the fetters of Night.
Whose center is the earth and the eye.

COURTIER 1:What is this strange monk saying?

COURTIER 2: It is sorcery and magic!

KING: Is the memory you possess natural or acquired by art?

BRUNO: It is the Art of Memory, sire.
This art aids all other arts.
It shows the way and the entrance
which lies open to many other inventions.

KING: Is it a magic art?

BRUNO: It is a work of nature and reason.
A composition of images, signs and ideas
Which is not to be read by the eyes of the body
But by the eyes of the mind.
Only those men who are disciplined
with keenness of mind
will be able to understand All.

COURTIER 1&2: He is the King of France!

COURTIER 1&2: The King understands all!

KING: Teach me this sublime method.

COURTIER 1&2: Do not trust this Giordano Bruno, sire!
He speaks heresy!

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from HERESY an electronic opera - Act 1, released October 3, 2017

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Roger Doyle – composer, keyboardist and producer of own music, in concert and in the studio. Likes to work on large projects and to collaborate with others. His music is a celebration of the multiplicity of musical languages and evolving technologies.

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