Royal Opera House @ Home! - Benjamin Britten’s Gloriana Online
Make yourselves comfortable with your favourite drinks and enjoy Benjamin Britten’s moving operatic portrayal of Elizabeth I, caught between public duty and private passion. The opera will be broadcast free online as part of the Royal Opera House's #OurHouseToYourHouse series. If you wish, we can meet on Zoom to exchange impressions (optional).
Queen Elizabeth I is approaching the end of her reign. The balance between her role as monarch and her affection for the impulsive Earl of Essex is tested when he grows increasingly ambitious. Should she follow the guidance of her advisors or will she be swayed by emotion?
This theatrical, inventive and colourful staging has at its core the symbolic reflections between the Tudor Elizabethan and the New Elizabethan ages that characterize the opera. The juxtaposition of the modern and the archaic in William Plomer’s libretto is wonderfully amplified in music that artfully fuses the sounds and manners of Tudor England – from lute songs to courtly dances – with Britten’s own distinctive style.
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