DELIUS: A VILLAGE ROMEO AND JULIET
First London performance for fifty years
Tuesday 25th September
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
New London Orchestra
Conductor, Ronald Corp
In the 150th anniversary year of Delius’s birth, A Village Romeo and Juliet has, in Ronald Corp, found a true champion who is passionate about the opera.
“It’s a scandal that this piece has not been heard in London in the last half-century”, he says. “If you don’t know this work, give it a try because it will blow your mind. This is Wagner’s Parsifal, this is Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, this is Roussel’s Padmavati. But not like any of them!”
A Village Romeo and Juliet was completed in 1901 as Delius approached his fortieth birthday, and is one of the first works to reveal fully the composer’s distinctive musical genius. Ronald Corp has no doubts about the stature of the opera. “It’s a masterpiece”, he comments. “It is incredibly heartfelt and sure-footed, and Delius displays a great sense of theatrical flair in his re-telling of the story”.
The performance is supported by The Delius Trust as part of a series of events marking the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth.
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