An excerpt from Scene 5 of Tom Floyd’s and David Spittle’s first opera, The Nightingale and The Rose. In this scene the Nightingale returns to the Red Rose tree at night. She begins to sing her sweetest song and the thorn presses against her breast. The Nightingale’s song reaches a climax and a blood red rose appears. As it does so, the Nightingale slumps to the ground.