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The Moderate Soprano

David Hare
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571348343
Date Published
05.04.2018
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Summary

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

Critic Reviews

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
Critic Reviews

A loving portrayal of the mix of vision, stubbornness, grit, love and luck that can produce great art.

Financial Times
Critic Reviews

This is a deeply moving play... full of an alert romanticism.

Guardian
DavidHare

David Hare has written over thirty stage plays and thirty screenplays for film and television. The plays include Plenty, Pravda (with Howard Brenton), The Secret Rapture, Racing Demon, Skylight, Amy’s View, The Blue Room, Via Dolorosa, Stuff Happens, The Absence of War, The Judas Kiss, The Red Barn, The Moderate Soprano, I’m Not Running and Beat the Devil. For cinema, he has written The Hours, The Reader, Damage, Denial, Wetherby and The White Crow among others, while his television…

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