The city is as much the star of Operacoast's summer project Gustav Charpentier’s Louise as the central romance
Every year OperaCoast runs a summer course for singers from all over the UK and beyond who are passionate about opera. One complete opera is explored over a long weekend culminating in a public performance. The choice for 2017 is the French opera Louise in a translation by Christopher Cowell.
Set in Paris in the midst of social change the idea of freedom, both personal and moral, is embodied in the seething artistic quarter of Montmartre, where love and laughter are weapons against the realities of a mundane existence. Premiered in 1900 this straightforward love story was an immediate success. It exemplifies the composer’s strong belief in self determination and the rights of the individual – equally relevant today – which were further developed two years later when he founded a conservatoire to provide free arts education for Parisian working girls.
The OperaCoast production of Gustav Charpentier’s Louise takes place at the Birley Centre, Eastbourne on July 30.