Arion & the Dolphin: a libretto
Arion and the Dolphin is an opera in nine scenes for professionals and community performers. The libretto is by Vikram Seth and the music is composed by Alec Roth. Recounted with Seth s inimitable charm, it is the story of Arion, a young musician at the court of Periander in Corinth. Thrown overboard on his return from a musical contest in Sicily, Arion is saved and befriended by a dolphin.
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2ND mutineer Arion of Lesbos Arion sings Arion turns Arion's treasure audience begins to strum Bright stars captain conch is heard conch-shell crew cries dance Dark dead Delphi dolphin saved dolphin singing Dolphin sounds dolphin's tomb earn our whole evil starts Excellent dolphins fisherfolk fisherman flipperless friend the dolphin fronds gentle gift go to Sicily gods gold dust golden Greece to Sicily grey guards happily And swallow harry herring happily hear you sing hearts We need keep this shell leap Look lord MASTER OF CEREMONIES musician night sky oars ofdolphin olive trees once Pe-ri-ander Periander marches restless sea rion safe from fear sailed sailors saved you alive Scene sea are heard sharks ship shore Si-ci-ly Sicilian festival Sing one last single song Gave sleep be dreamless Speak st mutineer strum the lyre supper swallow salmon snappily Swear Tyrant of Corinth verse voice waves Where's whole lives long wife