Messer Marco Polo
opera in 4 acts
Text by the Composer after the story by Donn Byrne (1998-1028)
Kristyna Valouskova, soprano - Golden Bells
Thomas Krejci, baritone - Marco Polo
Jiri Kalendovsky, bass - Li Po
Pavel Klecka, bass-baritone - Kublai Khan
Milan Pelikan, tenor - Sanang
The New Prague Ensemble / Max Stern, conductor
Recorded in Prague, 2003
Act 3, scene 1 (Court of Kublai Khan)
Marco arrives at the court of Kublai Khan to deliver his message: Wisdom is needed for the governance of His world but beauty is needed for its existence. The Chinese listen respectfully, then turn away in disbelief.
Act 3, scene 2 (Chinese Garden)
Only Golden Bells remains . Alone in the Chinese Garden, unable to untie the knot of fate and destiny, the young lovers confess their confusion, shame, and despair.
Suddenly Li Po hobbles excitedly, shaking a scroll in air - "I have the new song." he proclaims, "The marrying song!"