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In celebration of Benjamin Britten’s centenary year, Nova Music Opera present an intriguing operatic double-bill exploring the themes of loss, redemption and forgiveness.
The Old Testament story of Hagar and Abrahamis vividly brought to life by multi award-winning composer Sally Beamish and librettist Clara Glynnin their new chamber opera, Hagar in the Wilderness. The opera’s uncomfortable account of social injustice is particularly pertinent in society today and in many ways echoes similar sentiments conveyed in Curlew River.
Initially inspired by Benjamin Britten’s encounter with Noh theatre while on tour in Japan in 1955, Curlew River tells the haunting story of a mother’s search for her lost son. Britten and librettist William Plomer transformed the noh play Sumidagawa into a medieval Parable, set in the fenlands of East Anglia. Britten’s masterpiece, with its strange, unworldly scoring for exotic bells, un-tuned drums, organ and chamber ensembleis a once heard, never forgotten work.
Nova Music Opera’s excellent cast includes Irish baritone Owen Gilhooly, and young soprano Kirsty Hopkins who takes the title role in Hagar in the Wilderness.
Tickets: Front Centre £35
Front Side Aisle £28
Rear Centre £18 Mid Side Aisle £10 (restricted view)
Concessions: (Only one concession can be applied to a ticket)
6 to 18 year olds 50% discount Students / Job Seekers Allowance £5 off
Discounts: (Concessions and Discounts cannot be combined)
Group discount: 10+ tickets per concert 15% discount*
Season discount: buy tickets to 6+ concerts 15% discount*
*This discount is not available online. To take advantage of this discount, please call the box office on 01865 244806 or book in person at the Oxford Playhouse.