Odysseus & the Cyclops
Children's opera by Andrew Downes
in 3 parts for baritone soloist, child soloists and choir, school orchestra, and piano (teacher's part)

The one eyed Polyphemus by Marshall, Logan, tr 

On this page:


Homer's Odyssey

Watch the following excellent introduction to the epic Greek poem that contains the story of Odysseus & the Cyclops:


The Story of Odysseus & the Cyclops

Here is a short animation:


The Opera


Listen to Interlude 1 which depicts Odysseus's ships sailing over the ocean towards the island, together with Polyphemus living happily at the cave, tending his sheep. There is a version of this for 3 part choir and piano available for download and purchase.


Watch the performance of Andrew Downes' opera by schools in Hagley, Worcestershire in 1988:

Other resources:


The Composer


Watch the composer being interviewed before the premiere in 1982:


Learn more about Andrew Downes

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