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Barbican Presents - Birtwistle at 80: Gawain: BBC Symphony Orchestra, The BBC Singers, Sir John Tomlinson picture

Fri 16th May at 7:00pm

BBC Symphony Orchestra

@ Barbican Centre, London

Also appearing: The BBC Singers, Sir John Tomlinson

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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

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Venue Facts

Venue: Barbican Centre


Address:
Silk Street
Barbican

London
EC2Y 8DS 51.519814, -0.093904

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Website: barbican.org.uk

Phone: 0207 638 8891


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