Shoreditch High Street
London E1 6JE
After their “deft and intrepid production” of The Medium by Menotti in Grimeborn Festival at Arcola Theatre in August 2014, Operaview are now touring their new production in the most fascinating venues across London. “Bastien and Bastienne”, a comic opera full of the genius and wit of Mozart, based on Les Amours de Bastien et Bastienne by Justine Favart and Harny de Guerville and “Savitri” by Gustav Holst, inspired by an episode from the Indian saga Mahabharata. Three singers and a piano surrounded by shadows and puppets, transport us through the comic wit and the tragic beauty in this double bill of operatic gems.
In the first piece, Bastienne pines for her lover, Bastien, and fears that he has found a new lover on his visit to the city. She enlists the help of Colas, who persuades her to win back Bastien’s affections by playing hard to get. Colas also tells Bastien that, in his absence, Bastienne has found a new lover. Can Bastienne win back her man, or will her unkind behaviour be one step too far, pushing Bastien away forever?
In the second part, Savitri, wife of Satyavan, hears the calls of Death and fears his arrival. Satyavan reassures that her nightmares are an illusion: “All is unreal; all is maya”. When Death arrives, Satyavan is weak and Death seems triumphant. No longer afraid, Savitri welcomes Death and is able to offer him a deal…
How strong is love and devotion when doubt, fear, or a mysterious presence come between a man and a woman? What does it take to be the ‘other half’ in one’s life? Shadow puppets, woollen threads and a piano create the environment for this enchanting double bill.
26TH &27TH MARCH AT SHOREDITCH CHURCH-ST.LEONARD
10&11 APRIL AT TEA HOUSE THEATRE- VAUXHALL
Director: Natalie Katsou
Musical Director: Amber Rainey