Romances on British Poetry (Shostakovich) & The Poet’s Echo (Britten)

English Touring Opera

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  • 36 Mins

Dimitri Shostakovich’s brooding, passionate settings of Robert Burns, Shakespeare and Raleigh conceal the composer’s deep feelings about life, caught as he was on the anvil of 1942, hammered by clashing totalitarian armies. Edward Hawkins (bass) is the voice of the man who awaits the reasonless midnight call of his killer, in a world in which beauty is crushed as soon as it is found. Accompanied by Sergey Rybin.

Cast & Crew

(Composer), Sergey Rybin (Pianist), (Director), Jenny Stafford (Soprano, The Poet's Echo), Edward Hawkins (Bass, Romances), (Director)