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Watch: Kasper Holten on Gloriana

The Director of The Royal Opera on Richard Jones’s new production.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

29 January 2013 at 5.08pm | Comment on this article

Before Richard Jones’s new production of Benjamin Britten’s coronation opera Gloriana opens in June, we asked Director of The Royal Opera Kasper Holten why the Company has chosen to stage this, one of the composer’s rarer works.

‘It’s really a masterpiece and we look forward to doing it justice with possibly the greatest opera director alive today, Richard Jones’, says Kasper.

He’s equally excited about the rest of the cast and creative team, assembled for the work’s first staging at Covent Garden since its premiere in 1953: ‘We have a great cast led by Susan Bullock and Toby Spence, conducted by Paul Daniel. We’re bringing the full resources of the Royal Opera House to show what a masterpiece it really is.’

Gloriana is the story of Queen Elizabeth I’s love for the impulsive Earl of Essex. Set towards the end of Elizabeth’s reign it is less historical romance and more a meditation on what it means to be Queen. The opera was created to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. This new production, which is one of the highlights of the Britten centenary year, has been generously supported by the Britten Pears Foundation and has also received support from the Boltini Trust.

Gloriana runs on the Main Stage from 20 June - 6 July 2013. Tickets are still available. The opera will also be screened live in cinemas on 24 June.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

29 January 2013 at 5.08pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by Benjamin Britten, by Kasper Holten, by Richard Jones, Coronation, Gloriana, Jubilee, Kasper Holten, Paul Daniel, Production, Queen Elizabeth, Susan Bullock, Toby Spence

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