Fallen Women Pre-Performance Talk

6 January 2014

Before January’s orchestral concert at St David’s Hall, WNO Trainee Dramaturg Sophie Rashbrook shares her thoughts on the programme and explains why she is looking forward to the performance.

“Lothar has put together a brilliant programme that is quite simply a dramaturg’s dream, because each of these three pieces was inspired by their own dramatic back-story of forbidden love for unattainable women.”

“In Berg’s passionate Lyric Suite for string orchestra, he uses a secret code of musical graffiti to intertwine his initials with those of his beloved Hannah Fuchs. In Wagner’s songs, he expresses his love for the wife of his wealthy benefactor by setting her poetry to soaring, lush melodies for soprano and orchestra. Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique is a surreal, opium-fuelled homage to Harriet Smithson – actress and unsuspecting muse – whose musical embodiment drives a young musician to his imagined doom: we hear his own march to the scaffold, complete with the sound of his head rolling into the basket! It will be a tempestuous evening...”

You can join Sophie for an insightful pre-performance talk at 6.15pm, level 5, St David’s Hall.