The Moderate Soprano

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ISBN 9780571348343 Format Paperback
9780571348343
Paperback
Published 05/04/2018 Length 128 pages
128

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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

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
  • About David Hare

    David Hare was born in Sussex in 1947. He is the author of twenty-nine plays for the stage, seventeen of which have been seen at the National Theatre. These plays include Plenty, The Secret Rapture, Amy's View, Via Dolorosa, Stuff Happens, Gethsemane, The Power of Yes, Racing Demon, The Absence of War and South Downs. His many screenplays for cinema and television include Licking Hitler, Damage, The Hours and The Reader. He recently wrote and directed a trilogy of films for the BBC: Page Eight, Turks & Caicos and Salting the Battlefield.

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