Madam Adam


a mini opera based on palindromic word-play

Soprano - Madam
Tenor - Adam
Bass  - Dr Awkward
Actor - Patient 



The libretto for Madam Adam is a concoction of single-word palindromes and palindromic sentences which have been forged to create a single scene. The scene is set in Dr Awkward’s consulting room - a tired old shrink. He and his secretary - Madam - prove themselves to be less than professional in the care of a slightly mad young man calling himself Adam - “’Tis Ivan on a visit; drab as a fool, as aloof as a bard!”.

Duration 4 minutes


First performance


Upper Chapel, Sheffield

Opera on Location

Commissioned by
Classical Sheffield

A Platform 4 & Opera on Location collaboration for the Classical Sheffield festival 2017

Score & Parts available on request:

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