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Alzheimer’s opera “Sky on Swings” opens in Philadelphia

Thursday 20 September 2018

The world premiere of "Sky on Swings", Lembit Beecher's opera about two women with Alzheimer's dementia, took place in Philadelphia, US on 20 September 2018. Commissioned by Opera Philadelphia for the first night of its season-opening O18 festival, the 78-minute work debuted on the eve of World Alzheimer's Day. It explores the cognitive decline of Danny and Martha.

"There was a feeling that the orchestral music in the piece needed to be about disintegration or degeneration in some way," Mr Beecher said of his opera, the result of a third collaboration with librettist Hannah Moscovitch. Ms Moscovitch's libretto explores the place of older people in a society with longer life spans and focuses on the cognitive decline of the two principal characters in their individual homes and at a nonspecific facility.