A Village Romeo and Juliet

****A brave attempt to bring Delius' problematic but intriguing opera to stage life”  Planet Hugill

***** “STUNNING”   
Robert Thicknesse - Opera Now

"Delius’s lyricism at its most intense. The endearing Luke Sinclair makes a healthy sound as Sali-Romeo, as does Kirsty Taylor-Stokes as his beloved Vrenchen".
Rupert Christiansen - Daily Telegraph

“An admirably ambitious production”.   
Opera Today

“A distinguished performance, starting out with a blustery, purposeful manner, and unfolding each scene with considerable sweep and brio.”
Classical Source

Photographs
Robert Knights / Robert Piwko / David James

Frederick Delius

Opera in six tableaux
Libretto by the composer
based on the short story
Romeo und Juliet auf dem Dorfe
by Gottfried Keller

March / April 2017
Lewes Town Hall,
E M Forster Theatre Tonbridge,
Cadogan Hall London,
Stag Theatre Sevenoaks,
Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

NSO Chorus
Kantanti Ensemble
conductor Lee Reynolds
director Susannah Waters
designer Anna Driftmier
lighting designer Jai Morjaria

Production supported by The Delius Trust

Manz Robert Gildon
Marti Geoffrey Moses
Young Sali Alex Edwards
Young Vrenchen Nell Parry
Sali Luke Sinclair
Vrenchen Kirsty Taylor-Stokes
The Dark Fiddler Ian Beadle
Wild Girl Georgia Cudby
Sweets Vendor Kate Slaymaker
Lottery Ticket Seller Eva Rustige
Cheap Jewellery Woman Nancy Gillio-Terry
Showgirl  Carole Britten
Motorbike Man Richard Fisher
Gun Man Tim Locke
First Woman Rachel Rogers
First Man Jonathan Statter
Second Woman Katy Tutton
Third Woman Fiona Wilson
First Bargeman Robert Gildon
Second Bargeman Geoffrey Moses

Footnotes

 

This, Delius’ greatest opera, had not been performed professionally since 1962, due in a large part to the scoring for an orchestra of 110 players. Lewes-based conductor Lee Reynolds rescored it for 24 musicians of his Kantanti Ensemble. Susannah Waters returned to NSO as director, and she and American designer Anna Driftmier created a dark pre-war world of rural poverty, where the two central characters – played by Luke Sinclair and Kirsty Taylor-Stokes – were constantly at odds with the community around them.

The chorus were employed in almost every scene – operating windmills, planting flowers, working the soil, wandering around at still of night, appearing in the dream sequence as a wedding congregation and effecting complicated scene changes. The drab browns and greys of the chorus costumes were suddenly contrasted during the lively fair scene, where step-out chorus members appeared as garishly dressed vendors.

For the first time NSO's rehearsals were in Glyndebourne’s Ebert Room.