I am at the end of my second month here at Aldeburgh Music and have just enjoyed some remarkable events and extraordinary music making during our Britten Weekend. If any three days are able to sum up the range and quality of this inspirational musical campus at Snape Maltings then it is this last weekend.
Throughout the three days, the sense of this organisation and place as catalysts for creativity was really [read more…]
Faint sounds of the piano waft across the boating lake from the restaurant, intermingled with families enjoying picnics, swans gliding through the water, and birdsong. So much varied, delightful, calming birdsong. In case you haven’t guessed I am relaxing during my day off, having taken the walk along the coast to the neighbouring village of Thorpeness. Upon my return to Aldeburgh I was surprised to find myself in the centre [read more…]
Three years after Jonathan Reekie picked up the phone to director Neil Bartlett to say he’d had an idea, the cast and creative team of Britten’s Owen Wingrave have assembled here at Snape to create a new production for the same space in which the piece was originally brought to life 44 years ago.
The Wingrave cast brings together singers like Susan Bullock and Jonathan Summers who have been appearing at [read more…]
Welcome! It’s only a few days until the whole cast gather in Aldeburgh ready to bring this year’s new production of Owen Wingrave to the stage. I can think of no better place than Benjamin Britten’s own hometown to study, sing and perform his opera. As a Britten-Pears Young Artist I am thrilled to be playing the role of Mrs. Coyle (and was fortunate to perform it as part of [read more…]
Tenor Nigel Douglas played the role of Lechmere in the premiere production of Owen Wingrave, filmed at Snape Maltings Concert Hall in 1970 and shown on BBC2 in 1971.
Nigel will be taking part in our Owen Wingrave Study Day on Tuesday 17 June, which will include contributions from cast and creative team members from both 1971 and 2014 productions and will feature discussion, archive footage and live musical illustrations.
Director Neil Bartlett talks about staging Britten’s late pacifist opera Owen Wingrave at the 2014 Aldeburgh Festival:
National treasure and everyone’s favourite nature film maker talks about the newly formed BBC2’s pledge to cover contemporary music and how he met Benjamin Britten to discuss the details of the Owen Wingrave commission.
It means something quite particular to stage this opera in 2014 – a year crowded with official and populist musings on the ‘meaning’ of the mass killings of the First World War, and on the culture and policies that both permitted and encouraged them. It also meant something very particular to write this opera, back in 1969.
1969 was a year when war and its meanings – both at the public [read more…]