Opera Triple Bill
The Crescent Theatre
Sheepcote Street, Birmingham B16 8AE.
£16 (£13, £5.50 Conservatoire students)
Director Michael Barry
Conductor Fraser Goulding
Costumes Alan and Jennet Marshall
Lighting Design Charlie Morgan Jones
Students of the Vocal and Instrumental Departments
Vaughan Williams Riders To The Sea
Ravel L’enfant et les sortilèges
Join us for three well-loved operas. Riders to the Sea (1932) by Vaughan Williams uses a play by JM Synge in which a mother learns that her last remaining son of six has, like the others, been lost to the sea. It tells of loss and resignation and the sea features throughout the music like an unseen character.
Savitri (1916) by Gustav Holst, based on an episode from Sanskrit literature in which a wife persuades Death not to take her husband. It tells of the triumph of love over death.
L'Enfant et les Sortileges (1925) by Ravel, based on Colette's libretto is a fairy tale in which the furniture, cup and saucer clock, story book, fire, wallpaper and maths book all come to life to seek revenge on the naughty boy who has misused them. He escapes to the garden where the trees, cats, squirrels, bats and dragonfly all continue the nightmare. It is utterly magical and really is about the love between child and parent.