Tag: Gloriana

Tuesday, March 6, 2012: She Rises to Conquer

She Rises to Conquer Gloriana, the 3+ hour opera about Queen Elizabeth I, premiered this past weekend at The National Theatre. This is not a light opera. Chances are you won’t leave the theatre whistling the themes from the major arias. But you might find yourself mulling over the story, characters, sets, and most of all the incredibly bold, dramatic singing, still days later. Benjamin Britten wrote the work, with…

Monday, February 27, 2012: Audience with the Queen

An Audience with the Queen Queen Elizabeth I is coming to Prague, and the audience with the queen will be held at The National Theatre Mar 3 and 4. That’s when soprano Gun-Brit Barkmin will star in the Czech premiere of Benjamin Britten’s Gloriana. The three-act opera alternates between glimpses of Renaissance, regal glory and intimate scenes with Queen Elizabeth I and her favorite and confidante, Robert Devereaux, Earl of…

Thursday, August 11, 2011:History Lessons

History Lessons — for a Dancer “In my family, history is important. History is in my blood; my mom taught history. I appreciate the knowledge from history – you can learn a lot from it.” It’s a good thing that the National Theatre’s Jan Kodet likes history so much. It’s his job to create the choreography for Gloriana, an opera about Queen Elizabeth I. As you may remember from your…

Thurs, June 23, 2011: Opera-What’s Up?

Summer Solstice Series! Opus Osm continues our week-long Solstice Series of “backgrounder” articles. If you’ve ever wondered the who, why, what, or why not about opera, here are the answers to your questions. Zuzana Sklenková is on hand to anticipate everything you’ve always wanted to know about this glorious but confusing art form. Part 4 Some Opera Highlights for the New 2011-12 Season A “premiere” is, strictly speaking, the first-ever…