Mysterious growing corn fields, disappearing rock mounds and walking on thin air - Technical Director, David Stuttard, gives a rare insight into the backstage world of one of this year's main stage productions, A Village Romeo and Juliet.
26, 29 October, 1, 4 November / 20:00
For booking information: wexfordopera.com
Love brings them together; feuding fathers keep them apart. Only tragedy will reunite them.
Written between 1899 and 1901, A Village Romeo and Juliet was the fourth of Frederick Delius' six operas and is generally regarded as his finest.
Sali and Vreli, Delius's Romeo and Juliet, forbidden by their feuding fathers to marry each other, are forced to run away together. The Dark Fiddler tries to persuade them to join him and his friends and live freely; but they reject this lifestyle, choosing instead to choose a glorious moment of love, which culminates in their exultant acceptance of death.
This passionate engagement is fueled by rapturous, rhapsodic music that depicts the defencelessness and innocence of the lovers, their youthful idealism and the intense expression of their love. The Opera includes the celebrated orchestral interlude, The Walk in the Paradise Garden.