Steuart Bedford returns to GO

The world premiere of Benjamin Britten’s last opera, Death in Venice, was performed at Snape Maltings, near Aldeburgh in Suffolk, on 16 June 1973. Conducting that first performance was Steuart Bedford. Here he discusses performing the opera again for Garsington Opera, more than 40 years later.

"It is with the greatest pleasure that I look forward to working with Garsington Opera again, this time in its new home. The many seasons that I conducted for the company were always the happiest of occasions not least because it meant working in England. Britten's Death in Venice is an opera that I have lived with since its creation. I have watched it grow from an esoteric work whose performances were relatively rare, into an opera now recognised as the masterpiece that it is; so much so that any opera company worth its salt can boast a production in its repertory. I imagine that this may well be the last time that I will be conducting this opera so it will be a very special occasion for me."

Steuart Bedford conducts Britten's Death in Venice as part of our 2015 Season with performances on: 21, 23, 27 June & 1, 4, 10 July

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