Opening Night – Samantha Crawford
Less than 24 hours until we open the 67th Aldeburgh Festival with Owen Wingrave. As we are performing in the same building where this opera had its premiere, the links to its roots makes the experience all the more special.
This week a tour of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pear’s home, The Red House, has only added to the enjoyment of working here. The cast had a look at the original manuscripts of Owen Wingrave, and it was interesting to note that Britten made very few corrections to the score. The house is surrounded by beautiful gardens and Britten’s study is a place of quiet reflection – although he speaks of being distracted by a blackbird building its nest as he composed.
In the theatre we have continued working hard on combining all elements, including our children’s chorus, to tell the truth of the Wingave’s struggle to accept Owen for who he is, not the soldier they wanted him to be. ‘Owen has scruples.’
He does finally find peace, but at what cost?
The time has come to let the (metaphorical) curtain up, and the show to commence. This glorious weather only adds to wave of excitement as everyone prepares in these last few hours…