My Lyre Theme – in Rufus Wainwright’s HADRIAN (Act III Scene VIII) | Michael Levy


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In this sad, brave new ‘Covid world’, where the experience of any form of live music is becoming a fast fading memory, I would like to share one of the most memorable live performances of my music – EVER!

In October 2018, I was honoured, when the Grammy Award wining composer, Rufus Wainwright, actually incorporated my lyre theme, “Hymn to Zeus” (track 3 from my 2010 album, “Apollo’s Lyre”), in 2 scenes of his epic, ancient-themed opera “HADRIAN”. The full story of my collaboration with Rufus Wainwright was covered in this story from the Toronto “Globe & Mail”:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/music/article-a-ditty-for-a-deity-composer-michael-levy-on-having-lyre-composition/

In short, my lyre theme was adapted in Act II Scene IV, when Hadrian relives the moment he first met his lover, Antinous & here in Act III, Scene VIII: when he finally learns the mystery of Antinous’s death, murdered at the hands of his close friend & military adviser, Turbo.

“Apollo’s Lyre” is available from all major digital music platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes & Amazon. Lossless audio is also available from Bandcamp:

https://michaellevy.bandcamp.com/album/apollos-lyre

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