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Promised End - Alexander Goehr

 29 October 2010 at 7.30pm 

Promised End - Alexander Goehr

Exeter Northcott
Stocker Road, Exeter EX4 4QB
United Kingdom
01392 493 493

English Touring Opera
Conductor - Ryan Wigglesworth
Director - James Conway

English Touring Opera presents Promised End, a new opera based on Shakespeare’s King Lear, by leading British composer Alexander Goehr. Promised End consists of 24 short scenes, selected, distilled and re-arranged by the composer and by scholar Sir Frank Kermode. The effect is to emphasise one aspect of Shakespeare’s great play: King Lear and the Earl of Gloucester, men who in their prime committed errors of judgment, bringing upon themselves their own tragic destinies.

Goehr, a leading composer with a distinguished career in Europe and Asia particularly, has drawn upon a range of influences in creating what he says will be his last opera. He describes the original ‘kernel’ idea as being inspired by Japanese Noh theatre and dance, also citing the influences such as the King Lear film adaptation of Koznitsev (with Shostakovich’s score), Bertolt Brecht, Ezra Pound, and a film by director Miklós Jancsó featuring a Hungarian military band – on which Goehr’s orchestration is partly based.

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01392 493 493

Alexander Goehr : Promised End

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