BBC Symphony Orchestra Martyn Brabbins conductor John Lloyd Davies director Cast to include: Leigh Melrose Gawain Sir John Tomlinson The Green Knight Laura Aiken Morgan Jennifer Johnston Hauldeserl Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts Arthur William Towers Baldwin Thomas Walker Ywain Rachel Nicholls Guinevere 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.