Thursday, 9 September 2010

Alexander Goehr talks about fabulous new opera

The De La Warr Pavilion is delighted to be showing Alexander Goehr's Promised End on 26th October, a fabulous new opera based on Shakespeare's King Lear, performed by the English Touring Opera.

Promised End consists of 24 short scenes, selected, distilled and re-arranged by the composer and by scholar Sir Frank Kermode. The effect is to emphasise one aspect of Shakespeare’s great play: King Lear and the Earl of Gloucester, men who in their prime committed errors of judgment, bringing upon themselves their own tragic destinies.

Find out why Alexander Goehr chose to create an opera from one of Shakespeare's most poignant tragedies in this fascinating interview with James Conway.

Alexander also talks about how he managed to put shakespeare's extraordinary words to music.

See the English Touring Opera perform Promised End at DLWP on 26 October as part of its world premiere tour. Click here to book or contact the Box Office on 01424 229 111.

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