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UCOpera - Gounod's Polyeucte

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“On the bicentenary of the composer’s birth, UCOpera presents the British premiere of Charles Gounod’s ‘Polyeucte’! http://thndr.me/X5cB7s

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UCOpera - Gounod's Polyeucte

On the bicentenary of the composer’s birth in 1818, University College Opera is proud to present the British premiere of Charles Gounod’s rarely performed opera ‘Polyeucte’.

Performances on Monday 19th March, Wednesday 21st March, Friday 23rd March and Saturday 24th March 2018
Tickets: http://www.stratfordeast.com/whats-on/all-shows/polyeucte

Based on the Corneille play ‘Saint Polyeuctus’, which had previously inspired Donizetti, it tells a tragic story of Christian martyrdom in defiance of the all-powerful powerful Roman Empire. Polyeucte, an Armenian prince, has married Pauline, the daughter of the Proconsul of Armenia. Pauline was once in love with the Roman general Sévère, whose war against Christendom’s new converts is swiftly picking up pace. When Sévère returns to Armenia, he finds his beloved Pauline married to a man who has passionately taken up the new creed. Although Sévère’s love for Pauline is greater than his desire for revenge, the long-reaching arm of Roman power hangs over them all. In this tale of love vs duty and obligation, it is the pious and good who are ultimately defeated, but of course, find their way to heaven.

Composed when Gounod was in London in 1870 fleeing the troubles of the Franco-Prussian War, ‘Polyeucte’ is full of beautiful arias and ensembles that are sometimes performed in concerts. These performances represent a unique opportunity to hear them as originally conceived. Award-winning and much acclaimed conductor Charles Peebles, who has been musical director of UCOpera since 2002, leads a cast of professional young singers and an enthusiastic and well-rehearsed student orchestra and chorus. Rising opera-director Thomas Guthrie, who amongst other things has worked on important revivals at Covent Garden, directs this grand opera ‘Polyeucte’.

This performance will be sung in French.
Running time: 2h 15 min with an interval

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CHARLES PEEBLES
Conductor

THOMAS GUTHRIE
Director

RAPHAE MEMON
Designer

ALEX FOREY
Lighting Designer


Cast

LUKE SINCLAIR
Polyeucte

FLORA MCINTOSH
Pauline

JAN CAPINSKI
Sévère

JOHN MACKENZIE
Félix

FABIAN HELMRICH
Néarque

MICHAEL SCOTT
Siméon

HELEN HUGHSON
Stratonice

STEPHEN ESIRI
Albin

MICHAEL TK LAM
Sextus

UCL Stage Crew

Organizer

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