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Proms 2022

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« on: May 05, 2022, 06:54:03 pm »

Bloody Nora, Ethel Smyth's "The Wreckers" and the Mass in a single season?



The coast of Cornwall in the 19th century: a place where passions run strong amid the crashing waves, and villagers on the wild edge of civilisation eke out a desperate living from salvage, wrecking and even murder. What price love, when life itself struggles against such merciless forces? Ethel Smythís tragic love story is one of the great might-have-beens of British opera, admired by Mahler but never adequately performed in her lifetime. Glyndebourneís eagerly awaited new production comes to the Proms in a full-length semi-staged performance, complete with the raw elemental power of Smythís sweeping score: presented with the commitment (and the world-class performers) that the composer intended.

Semi-staged; sung in French, with English surtitles

There will be two intervals

Ethel Smyth wasnít especially religious, but her majestic Mass in D major is one of the crowning glories of the British choral tradition. Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra give the first Proms performance since the composerís own lifetime.

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"A piece is worth your attention, and is itself for you praiseworthy, if it makes you feel you have not wasted your time over it." (Sydney Grew, 1922)

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