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Jane Eyre. The OperaMore information at the ESO website and on Seen and Heard International.
by John Joubert
An Opera in Two Acts
Space Ruddock Hall
King Edward's School & King Edward VI High School
Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2UA
7:30 PM Tuesday, 25 October 2016
A concert performance by English Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Kenneth Woods
recorded live by SOMM Recordings
Please join us for a pre concert talk at 6.30pm
April Fredrick as Jane Eyre, soprano
David Stout as Rochester, baritone
with full supporting cast
Since its first publication in 1847, Charlotte Brontë’s fatalistic masterpiece Jane Eyre has inspired countless re-readings and retellings. Now, marking Brontë’s 200th anniversary and his own 90 th birthday, the revered British composer John Joubert will finally see the world premiere concert and recording of Jane Eyre, his long-awaited third opera. The unforgettable tale of an obsessive love threatened by an unutterable secret, the opera has been more than 20 years in the gestation. It is, says conductor Kenneth Woods, “Joubert’s undoubted magnum opus”.
With a single public showing as an amateur production some years ago, Joubert has since substantially revised it for this official world premiere, but the idea had taken root as far back as 1969. That’s when, while writing his song-cycle, Six Poems Of Emily Brontë, he was drawn into the world of the Brontë sisters and, inexorably, Jane Eyre. The result is a major operatic work, with a score of translucent beauty, of foreboding; suffused with a sense of the destiny that may hold terrors, may hold love – but may not be withheld.