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Fri 16th May at 7:00pm
BBC Symphony Orchestra
@ Barbican Centre, London
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Barbican Presents - Birtwistle at 80: Gawain: BBC Symphony Orchestra, The BBC Singers, Sir John Tomlinson
Birtwistle's iconic opera of the 1990s dramatizes the mysterious Arthurian legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight with sombre, often shattering, power. He and librettist David Harsent cast the story in two cyclical acts, emphasising the ritual aspects of the epic saga, and lending it hieratic force.
The part of the Green Knight was modelled on the range of Wotan, and is pitted against the baritone Gawain. A rare opportunity to hear this striking modern classic, from an orchestra and conductor steeped in Birtwistle's music.
A semi-staged concert performance.
Image © © John Wood
The BBC Symphony Orchestra has played a central role at the heart of British musical life since it was founded in 1930, and is passionately committed to performing 20th-century and contemporary music.
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The BBC Singers hold a unique position in British musical life, as the BBC's in-house professional chamber choir.
Based at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios, the BBC Singers perform all over the UK and abroad.
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Venue: Barbican Centre
Phone: 0207 638 8891
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