Claxton Opera


2010


Le Pauvre Matelot


Darius Milhaud


Cast


The Sailor............................................ Andriés Hernandéz-Salazar
His wife .............................................. Ruth Roberts
His friend ............................................ Robert Arnett
Father-in-Law .................................... Alan Weyman

Musical Director - John Barnett

Artistic Director - Richard White


Act 1

The wife has waited, living in poverty for 15 years, for her husband’s return. Her neighbour wants to marry her, but she still holds out for her beloved husband’s return. At last the husband, now much changed, arrives home, but at first no-one recognises him.


Act 2

To find out the situation at home the husband pretends to his wife that he is her husband’s wealthy best friend and that her husband, now stony broke, is returning home the following day. He asks if he may sleep outside the house. The wife agrees.


Act 3

She has seen the sailor’s riches and in the night, tormented by thoughts of her husband’s destitution, she kills the sailor for his money – kills her own husband.


A Note

Milhaud sought to abandon what he perceived to be the overblown emotions and preposterous stories of Grand Opera and to create a simpler, more direct and involving form of music drama.





Trial by Jury


W.S.Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan


Cast


The Learned Judge ................................. Robert Arnett
The Plaintiff ............................................ Joanna Webster
The Defendant ....................................... Christopher Steed
Counsel for the Plaintiff ........................... Desmond Holmes
Usher ..................................................... Trevor Thurston
Foreman of the Jury ............................... Gus Woodcock

Ladies in the Public Gallery

Sylvia Bailey, Kathleen Chapman, Lynda Knights, Vanda Morgan, Helen Steed, Pat Tegerdine, Joan Thackery, Jill Thompson, Heather Woodcock


Gentlemen of the Jury

Andrew Baker, Phillip Chapman, Crispin Clark, Andy Osborne Biddiscombe, Peter Russ, David Smith, Colin Thackery, Keith Wheadon, Gus Woodcock


Bridesmaids

Natasha Arnett-Howard, Louisa Quarterman, Olivia Sayer, Jennifer Steed, Anna Vandenberg, Emma Venier


Musical Director - John Barnett

Artistic Director - Richard White




Last Updated
July 14 2014