Vaughan Williams and Ravel provide a double bill for the City Lit Opera School's first full length performances
The new format and artistic direction of the City Lit Opera School reaches the end of the first year and culminates in a double bill of fully staged one-act operas in very different moods. In another first, after performances at the college, the productions move on to provide the finale to the Maldon Festival in Essex.
The best-known of Vaughan Williams’s operas, Riders to the Sea is closely based on the tragic play by John Millington Synge about the struggle of humanity against the relentless cruelty of nature. Vaughan Williams studied in Paris with Ravel and the dark tone of the first opera is contrasted with Ravel’s fantasy L'Enfant et les Sortilèges, a light-hearted and magical look at what might happen to spoilt children who don’t know how to behave.
The City Lit Opera School’s double bill of Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea and Ravel’s L'Enfant et les Sortilèges opens in the John Lyon Theatre at the City Lit, London on July 7 for two performances and then moves to the Maldon Festival, Essex for a performance in the United Reformed Church on July 11.