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Sāvitri

Lauderdale HouseWaterlow Park Highgate Hill, London, Greater London, N6 5HG, United Kingdom
August 13 18:30, 20:00, August 15 18:30, 20:00, August 20 18:30, 20:00, August 22 18:30, 20:00
Programme
Holst, Gustav (1874-1934)Sāvitri (One-act opera with orchestra : open air performance per Government COVID guidelines: dates presently provisional)
Performers
HGO
Thomas PayneConductor
Julia MintzerDirector
Alexander AldrenTenorSatyavān
Jack RobertsTenorSatyavān
Esme Bronwen SmithSopranoSāvitri
Joanna HarriesSopranoSāvitri
Lizzie HolmesSopranoSāvitri
Daniel D'SouzaBassDeath
Theo PerryBassDeath
Laura CalcagnoDancer
Charlotte OsborneSopranoChorus
Alice UsherSopranoChorus
Verity BramsonSopranoChorus
Alicia Mallace-GoulbourneSopranoChorus
Charlotte DiamondSopranoChorus
Natalie DaviesMezzo-sopranoChorus
Meriel CunninghamMezzo-sopranoChorus
Deborah HolbornMezzo-sopranoChorus

“The forest is to me a mirror wherein I see another world, a world where all is nameless, unknown, all sick with fear…..”

HGO is proud to announce its plans for an open-air, socially-distanced production of Gustav Holst's Sāvitri, a tale of life, death, illusion and hope powerfully resonant with our times. HGO is dedicated to supporting singers at the start of their careers - they will lead the return of vibrant opera to London.

There will be two performances nightly of this half-hour opera in the gardens of Lauderdale House, at 18.30 and 20.00 on 13, 15, 20 and 22 August. 

Sāvitri is told by Death that her husband Satyavān is about to die. When he returns from his day's work in the forest he collapses. 

Death now offers Sāvitri a wish, and she asks for 'Life'. Death agrees, but Sāvitri then points out that life for her is indivisible from her husband's life. 

Death has been tricked and admits defeat. Satyavān revives: even death, like life, is ‘Māyā’ – illusion.

Joanna Harries (Sāvitri) © 2020LaurentCompagnon
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