Snape Maltings Concert Hall
Snape Bridge, Snape IP17 1SP
A concert performance of Stephen Dodgson’s chamber opera Margaret Catchpole: Two Worlds Apart – a tale of misguided loyalty, passion and fate. The concert marks the 200th anniversary of the real Margaret Catchpole’s death.
Dodgson’s 1979 chamber opera tells the story of Suffolk heroine, criminal and chronicler Margaret Catchpole. The opera immerses us in the internal battle between her own good character and values, and her heartfelt loyalty to Will Laud, a smuggler – the man she loves.
Libretto by Ronald Fletcher based on the novel by Richard Cobbold.
A pre-performance talk by Anthony Cobbold will be given at 6pm.
A display of Margaret Catchpole paintings by Richard Cobbold will also be available for the audience to browse.
(The Cobbold family employed Margaret Catchpole and played a major part in her story. Rev. Richard Cobbold subsequently wrote a biographical novel The History of Margaret Catchpole and painted watercolours of many of the scenes.)
Venue: The performance is at the Britten Studio at Snape Maltings in Suffolk.
Cast: Kate Howden, Matthew Brook, Richard Edgar-Wilson, William Wallace, Nicholas Morris, Alistair Ollerenshaw, Peter Willcock, Diana Moore, Robyn Allegra Parton
Orchestra: Ensemble Perpetuo
Conductor: Julian Perkins
Tickets available at https://snapemaltings.co.uk/whats-on/margaret-catchpole/.
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As well as the performance, we are also recording Margaret Catchpole in order to reach beyond the concert hall to a wider audience and to inspire future performances.