The Guildhall School of Music and Drama presents Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave in the composer’s centenary year.
A co-production with Banff Centre, Canada
Wednesday 5, Friday 7, Monday 10, Wednesday 12 June at 7pm, Silk Street Theatre
Dominic Wheeler - conductor
Kelly Robinson - director
Madeleine Boyd - designer
Mark Jonathan - lighting designer
Neil Alexander - sound designer
Cast includes: Benjamin Appl/Pirian Legg (Owen Wingrave), Joseph Padfield/Szymon Wach (Spencer Coyle), Adam Smith (Lechmere), Roisin Walsh (Miss Wingrave), Samantha Crawford (Mrs Coyle), Raphaela Papadakis/Anna Gillingham (Mrs Julian), Catherine Backhouse/Marta Fontanals-Simmons (Kate), Gerard Schneider (General Sir Philip Wingrave & Narrator)
Originally intended for both television and stage, Britten’s pacifist opera Owen Wingrave is presented by the Guildhall School in a co-production with the Banff Centre, Canada, where it will receive its Canadian premiere with a cast of Guildhall singers in August 2013. Written at a time of US intervention in Vietnam, the opera raises political and social issues as well as domestic ones, and is one of Britten’s most rarely performed operas. Owen Wingrave is directed by Kelly Robinson, Artistic Director of Theatre Arts at the Banff Centre and conducted by the Guildhall School’s Head of Opera, Dominic Wheeler. The production team is completed by designer Madeleine Boyd and lighting designer Mark Jonathan.
Reserved tickets: £25 (£15 concessions) available from the Barbican Box Office 020 7638 8891 (www.barbican.org.uk)