Op.7 'SPEM' or 'The School for Negentropy'

This comic opera in 2 acts is eminently suitable for small chorus based opera companies.

The music is sophisticated but not excessively difficult. Audiences are appreciative of the drama and the approachable music.

Of 'Spem' one reviewer said 'When I heard the first violin humming the main theme of the first movement I knew Joe had a hit'.

Parts and vocal scores are available - some subsidy is available for a first performance- please enquire.

The plot revolves around an amateur theatre group who discover an unknown early opera (by Thomas Tallis with libretto by William Shakespeare based on his poem 'Venus and Adonis')

The two leads are having relationship difficulties because the man wants children and the woman does not.

Here are some photos from the workshop performance at Woldingham with Starlight Opera - see Starlight Opera for cast


Collage - Venus, Adonis, Snake's Head Fritillary, Danny, Lada, Josh, Miles




Josh and Fran as Adonis, the Massage Duet


Download the libretto Download SPEM Libretto

Download the score Download SPEM Score