Tuesday, 25 October 2016 at 7:30 PM
Ruddock Hall, King Edward’s Schools
Edgbaston Park Road, B15 2UA
Some are blind. Others are watching. She sees only him.
Jane Eyre- By John Joubert
An Opera in Two Acts
A concert performance by English Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Kenneth Woods
recorded live by SOMM Recordings
Soprano APRIL FREDRICK as Jane Eyre
Baritone DAVID STOUT as Rochester
with full supporting cast
Since its first publication in 1847, Charlotte Bronte’s fatalistic masterpiece Jane Eyre has inspired countless re-readings and retellings. Now, marking Bronte’s 200thanniversary and his own 90th birthday, the revered British composer John Joubert will finally see the world premiere concert and recording of Jane Eyre, his long-awaited third opera. The unforgettable tale of an obsessive love threatened by an unutterable secret, the opera has been more than 20 years in the gestation. It is, says conductor Kenneth Woods, “Joubert’s undoubted magnum opus”.
With a single public showing as an amateur production some years ago, Joubert has since substantially revised it for this official world premiere, but the idea had taken root as far back as 1969. That’s when, while writing his song-cycle, Six Poems Of Emily Bronte, he was drawn into the world of the Bronte sisters and, inexorably, Jane Eyre.
The result is a major operatic work, with a score of translucent beauty, of foreboding; suffused with a sense of the destiny that may hold terrors, may hold love – but may not be withheld.
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