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The greatest British opera after Dido and Grimes? Vaughan Williams’s Riders to the Sea

At least, Birmingham Conservatoire’s production made it seem a masterpiece. Plus: we shouldn’t have to rely on students (however fine) to hear Rimsky-Korsakov’s delightful May Night

2 April 2016

9:00 AM

2 April 2016

9:00 AM

Riders to the Sea/Savitri/L’Enfant et les sortilèges

Birmingham Conservatoire

May Night

Royal Academy of Music

In a remote fishing village a lone figure confronts an unexplained death, standing tormented but unbroken against fate, the community and the elements of sea and wind that surge through every note of the score. No, not Peter Grimes: this is Vaughan Williams’s 1932 operatic setting of Synge’s Riders to the Sea.

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