Birtwistle at 80: Gawain

Birtwistle's iconic opera in a concert hall staging

16 May 2014 / 19:00

£10-25 plus booking fee*

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Sir Harrison Birtwistle Gawain

Concert Hall staging

Please note: Unfortunately tenor Brian Galliford has had to withdraw from this performance due to illness. We are delighted that John Graham Hall has agreed to replace him at short notice in the role of The Fool.

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins
John Lloyd Davies director
Leigh Melrose Gawain
Sir John Tomlinson The Green Knight
Laura Aikin Morgan Le Fay
Jennifer Johnston Lady de Hautdesert
Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts King Arthur
John Graham Hall A Fool
Rachel Nicholls Guinevere
William Towers Bishop Baldwin
Ivan Ludlow Agravain
Robert Anthony Gardiner Ywain
BBC Singers

Birtwistle’s iconic opera of the 1990s dramatizes the mysterious Arthurian legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight with sombre, often shattering, power. He and librettist David Harsent cast the story in two cyclical acts, emphasising the ritual aspects of the epic saga, and lending it hieratic force. The part of the Green Knight was modelled on the range of Wotan, and is pitted against the baritone Gawain. A rare opportunity to hear this striking modern classic, from an orchestra and conductor steeped in Birtwistle’s music.

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This event is part of:
Birtwistle at 80 2014
Barbican Presents 2013–2014
BBC Symphony Orchestra 2013–2014
All classical music events - 2013–2014 season

Produced by the Barbican and BBC Symphony Orchestra


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