Special Event…Peace in our Time?
2014 is an important year for anniversaries. Not only is it Garsington Opera’s twenty-fifth season and the two-hundredth anniversary of the first performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio in its final version, but it also marks one hundred years since the outbreak of the First World War.
With these key milestones in mind we are delighted to present a special event within our season Peace in our Time? which explores the themes of justice, self-sacrifice and the brotherhood of mankind expressed in Beethoven’s Fidelio. On Saturday 5 July there will be a special Symposium prior to the evening performance of Fidelio, involving a distinguished panel of guests to include a historian, a politician and a broadcaster. On Sunday 6 July we present a whole day of words and music, with events ranging from tours of the famous Getty Library, to a private cricket match with international players, to an evening concert conducted by Douglas Boyd featuring one of the greatest works of all – Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
Here Douglas Boyd talks about why Peace in our Time? will be such a memorable experience:
The wonderful quote “Alle Menschen werden Brüder” from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, encapsulates the essence of Beethoven’s idealism. The issues of self-sacrifice, struggle, love and freedom either overtly or subliminally, permeate his music. It seems entirely appropriate that in a year which commemorates the First World War we should, alongside one of the greatest operas of all, Fidelio, create a weekend which explores these themes through the miracle of Beethoven. I am excited that, for the first time, we will be utilising our extraordinary Opera Pavilion for an event outside of our main opera projects, something I hope we will explore more and more in the future. I am also passionate about championing our orchestra, which after all is so fundamental to all the wonderful operas that we perform. I am delighted to collaborate with them in concert and I am sure the combined forces of our wonderful chorus, soloists and Garsington Opera Orchestra on stage together performing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony will be a memorable experience.
More information and a full schedule of the weekend’s events: Peace in our Time?