The Last Party on Earth (Lambert, Edward)

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Publisher. Info. Edward Lambert, 2020.
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Work Title The Last Party on Earth
Alternative. Title chamber musical
Composer Lambert, Edward
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IEL 56
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 2020
Librettist Leo Doulton (b. 1994)
Language English
Average DurationAvg. Duration 30 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation soprano, mezzo-soprano, bass, boy or girl treble, accordion continuo

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Following the fires, floods and viruses, two survivors on Earth wander in a barren landscape. They come across a bunker in which the Queen of Cans is self-isolating. She welcomes them in to party with her. She takes a fancy to Squib whom she apparently recognises from a previous encounter. They dance together. Lissa recalls the terrible events that devastated the planet. They’re all in awe of the Dark One: just uttering the name is fraught with danger. The Queen, however, gets turned on and wants to marry Squib; Lissa is more intent on stealing the cans of food which the Queen has hoarded. As Queen and Squib find love of sorts, Lissa makes his escape, and the Dark One appears. S/he turns out to be lonely and ultimately remains a mystery. As if in a dream, the Queen’s soul departs and Squib - who can’t find the exit door - is doomed to perish in the bunker.