Opera Double Bill: Sāvitri & Blond Eckbert

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An illuminated rectangle in the middle of a forest


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Silk Street Theatre

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Holst Sāvitri
Judith Weir Blond Eckbert

Two imaginative and haunting British chamber operas from opposite ends of the 20th century feature in Guildhall School’s summer opera double bill., directed by Ashley Dean and conducted by Timothy Redmond.

Composed in 1916, Holst’s 35-minute opera Sāvitri tells the story of the title character’s devotion to her husband Satyavan in the face of Death. Based on an episode from a Sanskrit epic, Holst used his studies of this ancient language to translate the story into his own English libretto, which combines with colourful orchestration to explore the power of love and questions of mortality.

Judith Weir also wrote her own libretto for her 1993 work Blond Eckbert, taking inspiration from the dark fairy tale by Romantic German writer Ludwig Tieck. The eerie and captivating opera by the Master of the King’s Music tells the story of Eckbert and his wife Berthe, whose solitary life together in the forest unravels after a mysterious visitor opens up a disturbing door to the past. This Guildhall production offers the chance to hear the one-act, pocket version of the opera.

“One of the gems of early 20th-century British music” – The Guardian on Sāvitri

“Hauntingly beautiful” – The Telegraph on Blond Eckbert

Approximate running time: 1 hour 50 minutes (including interval)

Please note that this production contains adult content, including themes of violence, death, suicide and mental illness. Haze will be used.

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Silk Street Theatre, Music Hall and Lecture Recital Room are located in the main Guildhall School building on Silk Street and for Barbican produced events the venue can also be accessed from the Barbican if you exit via the doors next to Barbican Kitchen on Level G. 

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