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Berwick Festival Opera: Byre Opera: Double bill - Riders to the Sea - Ralph Vaughan Williams and Cupboard Love - Madeleine Dring

Berwick Festival Opera is delighted to continue its successful partnership with Byre Opera, who are touring their latest beautifully sung and elegantly staged production to the dramatic setting of Berwick’s Peace Hall.
"This piece, perhaps too bold for its own time, is a real find, but, like the Vaughan Williams, a very demanding undertaking for all, not excepting musical director Claire Innes-Hopkins at the piano. With a tour of a new Janice Galloway translation of Pelleas et Melisande planned for 2020, Byre Opera’s adventure is one to watch." - Read the full review from The Herald HERE.
"They’ve assembled some remarkable young singers, especially Katherine Gunya, haunting as the grieving mother in Riders, and the glittering soprano of Caroline Taylor in Cupboard. It’s a company effort, though, and all the more admirable for that." For the full review in The Times visit HERE.

For 2019, they’re presenting a double bill of contrasting British 20th Century one act operas, a tragedy and a comedy.

Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea is based on the play of the same name by J M Synge - with the original text largely intact but with its emotional impact and expressive power considerably intensified.  Set in an Irish fishing community in Donegal, it focuses on a mother’s plaintive struggles with the heart wrenching and escalating loss of her menfolk to the sea.

Madeleine Dring’s Cupboard Love, written in the 1950s and staged for the first time in the UK, is a fast-paced, darkly hilarious and lyrical “whodunit” for 3 voices. The plot involves a young couple (He and She), an affair and a murder. She thinks He’s done it. He thinks She’s done it. Who’s been killed? Where's the body? Who’s done what? Come and find out for yourself...

The Peace Hall is a historic venue in the heart of old Berwick, just off Church Street. Access is by an uneven external path, with no adjacent parking. 

Whilst we’re excited to be performing in this wonderfully atmospheric location, it’s important that our audiences understand in advance that The Peace Hall has limited facilities and is part way through a restoration project. 

Please contact Box Office by clicking HERE or calling 01289 330 999 if you’d like to discuss access issues in more detail.

Year: 2019
The Maltings is operated by The Maltings (Berwick) Trust Registered Charity No: 701194