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English Touring Opera: Tippett, King Priam
Tue 20 May 2014 , 7:30 pm| £26
From ETO’s website
First performed at the festival marking the reconsecration of Coventry Cathedral in 1962 (following its bombing in WW2), Michael Tippett’s King Priam is a stirring account of fundamental choices and their consequences in wartime.
Tippett’s music is breathtaking, his text precise and moving: this is one of the most impressive operas of the 20th century, and ETO’s most ambitious project to date. This evocation of the last days of Troy, told from the perspective of the aging king, is a powerful meditation on fatherhood and on the futility of war. The female characters (Hecuba, Andromache and Helen) are mighty presences, double cast as goddesses, alongside the heroes Hector, Achilles and Paris. This is British opera at its most eloquent and powerful.
New production, sung in English
Touring with a live orchestra
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including interval)
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