The Tigers (Brian, Havergal)

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London: August Cranz, 1932. Plate C. 47300.


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Work Title The Tigers
Alternative. Title Opera in 3 acts
Composer Brian, Havergal
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IHB 5
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's Prologue and 3 Acts
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1916–19 sketched; orchestrated 1922 (dances only); vocal score written 1926-27; most of opera scored 1928-29
First Performance. 1983-01-3 to 8 (recorded)
1983-05-03 (broadcast, BBC Radio 3)
Soloists, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Lionel Friend (conductor)
First Publication. 1932 (vocal score)
Librettist Composer
Language English
Average DurationAvg. Duration 165 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation voices, chorus, orchestra
Toy Seller (soprano)
Sweetmeat Seller (alto)
Old clothes Seller (tenor)
Fruit Seller (bass)
Billposter (baritone)
Costerwoman (mezzo-soprano)
1st Coster (baritone)
2nd Coster 'Henry' (bass)
3rd Coster 'Bill' (baritone)
2 Policemen (baritones)
Keeper of Elephant (baritone)
Man on Elephant (baritone)
Crier (baritone)
Artist (baritone)
2 Ladies (sopranos)
2 Gents (basses)
Youngman (baritone)
Columbine (soprano)
Pantalon (tenor)
6 Clergymen (tenors, baritones, basses)
2 Dudes (altos)
3 Policemen (baritones)
Colonel Sir John Stout (bass)
Regimental Sergeant Major (bass)
Apparition of Red Indian (baritone)
Apparition of Alexander the Great (bass)
Apparition of Napoleon the Great (baritone)
Apparition of Lady Stout (soprano)
Bishop (tenor)
A Lady 'Mrs. Curzon' (mezzo-soprano)
Man in Plus Fours (tenor)
Mrs. Pamela Freebody (soprano)
Police Sergeant (bass)
Constable (tenor)
2 Cooks (tenors)
Mixed Chorus
Street Crowd, including Italian Organ Grinder with Monkey (Prologue)
Soldiers of The Tigers (Act I)
Chorus of Haymakers — Soldiers of The Tigers (Act II)
Chorus of Firemen, Villagers, Bargemen, Policemen and Soldiers of The Tigers (Act III)
3 flutes (2, 3 also piccolos), 3 oboes (3rd also English horn),
3 clarinets (1 also E clarinet, 1 also bass clarinet), 3 bassoons (3rd also contrabassoon)
6 horns, 4 trumpets, bugle in C, 4 trombones, 5 tubas, euphonium
timpani (3 players), percussion
(cymbal, bass drum, side drum, long drum, triangle, tambourine, tam-tam, thunder machine, whip,
sleigh bells, town crier’s bell, police bell, ship’s siren, telephone bell, police whistle, motor horn, fire bells,
tubular bells (in B, C, D, E), xylophone, glockenspiel, celesta, harmonica, 2 vibraphones, tubaphone)
2 harps, organ, strings
Off-stage (Act III, scene 2)
2 or more piccolos, 4 or more flutes, 3 or more side drums, bass drum
External Links Beginning of a 1980 Article in several parts by Malcolm (Calum) MacDonald on The Tigers, now at the Havergal Brian Site

Navigation etc.

Recorded in 1983, now issued on CD.

Last page of opera has Erdington 1917. Last page of Act 1 ends "Erdington 1916", suggesting that MacDonald's "between 1917 and 1919" may require some adjustment backward. (Actually, MacDonald remarks on this in part 2 of his article:

"Brian's comments on his opera are confined to an inscription at the end of Vol 1, but fortunately this is quite explicit: 'The sketches of the opera were written in Erdington, Birmingham (97 Edwards Rd) during 1916-1919. Five of the dances were scored at 14 Marine Square Brighton in 1922. A (vocal) piano score was (from the sketches) written at 130 Hillside, Moulsecombe, Brighton in 1926, 1927. In London the Full Score was taken in hand in the summer of 1928 (August) commencing with the second Act, then the third and finally the first Act, which was completed on Saturday afternoon July 20th 1929 at 5pm at 16 Wykeham Mansions, Rosendale Road, West Dulwich SE 21.' In addition, the conclusion of Act 3 bears the note 'Easter Day 1929'.")


Rôle Voice type Act(s) Singer in 1983 broadcast
Toy Seller soprano Prologue Marilyn Hill-Smith
Sweetmeat Seller contralto Prologue Ann Marie Owens
Old clothes Seller tenor Prologue John Winfield
Fruit Seller bass Prologue Alan Watt
Billposter baritone Prologue Norman Welsby
Costerwoman mezzo-soprano Prologue Ann Marie Owens
1st Coster baritone Prologue Ian Caddy
2nd Coster (Henry) bass Prologue Denis Wicks
3rd Coster (Bill) baritone Prologue Alan Watt
2 Policemen baritones Prologue Ian Caddy, Alan Watt
Keeper of Elephant baritone Prologue Norman Welsby
Man on Elephant baritone Prologue Kenneth Wollam
Crier baritone Prologue Richard Angas
Artist baritone Prologue Paul Crook
2 Ladies sopranos Prologue Teresa Cahill, Marilyn Hill-Smith
2 Gents basses Prologue Ian Caddy, Henry Herford
Youngman baritone Prologue
Columbine soprano Prologue Alison Hargan
Pantalon tenor Prologue Harry Nicoll
6 Clergymen tenors, baritones & basses Act 1 John Winfield, Paul Crook, Alan Watt, Norman Welsby, Alan Opie, Denis Wicks
2 Dudes contraltos Act 1 --
3 Policemen baritones Act 1 Ian Caddy, Alan Watt, Richard Angas
Colonel Sir John Stout bass Acts 1–3 Malcolm Donnelly
Regimental Sergeant Major bass Acts 1–3 Eric Shilling
Apparition of Red Indian baritone Act 2 Denis Wicks
Apparition of Alexander the Great bass Act 2 Richard Angas
Apparition of Napoleon the Great baritone Act 2 Alan Opie
Apparition of Lady Stout soprano Act 2 Alison Hargan
Bishop tenor Act 2 Paul Crook
1 Lady (Mrs Curzon) mezzo-soprano Act 2 Ameral Gunson
Man (in Plus Fours) tenor Act 2 Kenneth Wollam
Mrs Pamela Freebody soprano Acts 2 & 3 Teresa Cahill
Police Sergeant bass Act 3 Norman Welsby
Constable tenor Act 3 Harry Nicoll
2 Cooks tenors Act 3 John Winfield, Paul Crook


Prologue: Chorus of Street Crowd, including Italian Organ Grinder with Monkey
Act 1: Soldiers of The Tigers
Act 2: Chorus of Haymakers — Soldiers of The Tigers
Act 3: Chorus of Firemen, Villagers, Bargemen, Policemen and Soldiers of The Tigers