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26, 29 October, 1, 4 November Booking info at www.wexfordopera.com A behind the scenes look at the upcoming production of A Village Romeo and Juliet by Frederick Delius at the 61st Wexford Festival Opera with behind the scenes footage as well as interviews with Rory McDonald (Conductor), Stephen Medcalf (Director), Jessica Muirhead (Vreli), John Bellemer (Sali) and David Stout (The Dark Fiddler). Written between 1899 and 1901, A Village Romeo and Juliet was the fourth of Delius’s six operas and is generally regarded as his finest. Sali and Vreli, his Romeo and Juliet, have the misfortune to live in a small village community in Switzerland, the children of farmers who are at loggerheads over the ownership of a worthless piece of land that by rights should belong to a man known as the Dark Fiddler. Forbidden by their feuding fathers to marry each other, Sali and Vreli are forced to run away together. The Dark Fiddler tries to persuade them to join him and his friends and live together freely. They reject this lifestyle but their guilt at betraying their families leads them to choose a brief, glorious, moment of love, which culminates in their exultant acceptance of death. Delius’s passionate engagement with the story inspired him to compose 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 to the Paradise Garden.+ More details
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My original title for this film was 'Lament for the bees on a country walk' because of the way I was feeling for the bees that day. I made it after spotting the first honey and bumble bees of the Spring one morning in April on my daily walk in the Cotswold countryside around my home. My little video camera with its super-macro lens caught them foraging furiously on the dandelion flowers, and occasionally stopping to groom themselves or take a little nap. I'd read about the sharp decline in the bee population and other pollinating insects over recent years and had just signed an Avaaz petition calling for a ban on Bayer producing and marketing an insecticide that is implicated as a possible cause of the crisis. The haunting title of Rachel Carson's 1960s book 'The Silent Spring' came to my mind. The farmland where I walk seems to have fewer and fewer wild flower corridors or areas for wildlife alongside the vast cultivated fields, and the farmer seems to cut the flowering hedgerows and verges before the bees and butterflies have finished foraging. I also notice he sprays the crops with something that pollutes the air with a horrid chemical smell. Landowners and farmers have special responsibility as custodians of our common natural heritage, for the wildlife and trees, the air and the soil, but they seem to be free to do with their land what they choose, and not all of them seem to have regard to the delicate, vital ecological balance that they might be disturbing. My film shows these little bees as loyal soldiers doing their bit to make sure the ecosystem remains strong and healthy and fertile. It's quite heart-breaking and outraging to me to think that we humans by our actions and care-less attitude may be responsible for their demise. Can't we care? MUSIC Frederick Delius—Brigg Fair, An English Rhapsody Samuel Barber—Adagio for Strings, Opus 11 J.S. Bach—Chorale No.1 from the St John Passion, 'O Große Lieb, o Lieb ohn alle Maße' (Oh Great Love, Love beyond Measure)+ More details
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