I want to give my country a model of perfection. My country needs cheering up. I'm the man to do it.
A man of great passions, John Christie wooed his opera singer wife with a determination befitting a man who won the Military Cross at the Battle of Loos. Now, in 1934, this Etonian science teacher's admiration for the works of Wagner has led him to embark on the construction of an opera house on his Sussex estate. Then, by chance, he hears word of a group of refugees from Nazi Germany who may perhaps deliver his vision of the sublime - assuming they're willing to cast his wife in the lead.
David Hare's The Moderate Soprano tells the story of how Glyndebourne, this most English of institutions, derives its character firstly from a woman and secondly from an Austrian and two Germans. The play premiered at Hampstead Theatre in 2015, and opened at the Duke of York's Theatre, London, in April 2018.
'In the grand tradition of Bulgakov's Black Snow, a penetrating way of investigating the politics of life in general through the troubled internal politics of a particular theatrical institution. Fervently recommended.' Independent
'A loving portrayal of the mix of vision, stubbornness, grit, love and luck that can produce great art.' Financial Times
Publisher: Faber & Faber ISBN: 9780571348343 Number of pages: 128 Weight: 145 g Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 9 mm Edition: Main
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