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Gustav Holst

Publisher: Novello & Co

Savitri (1909),
Text Writer
Gustav Holst
Publisher
J Curwen & Sons Ltd
Category
Opera and Music Theatre
Sub Category
Chamber Opera
Year Composed
1909
Duration
30 Minutes
Chorus
SATB (Hidden)
Soloist
Bass, Soprano, Tenor
Orchestration
Programme Note
Gustav Holst Savitri (1909),
SYNOPSIS

Satyavan returns home to his wife Savitri to find that Death has come to claim him. Death is moved by Savitri's welcome for him and, in promising to her life in all its fullness, finds that he is forced to surrender his claim on her husband.

Performances
Date
Title
  • 16 NOV 2014
    Melos Sinfonia
  • 27 SEP 2014
    Choros
  • 22 JUN 2014
    Coburg, Germany
    Landestheater Coburg
    Anna-Sophie Brüning, conductor
  • 07 JUN 2014
    Le Touquet, France
    Ensemble Musica Nigella
  • 07 JUN 2014
    Newbury, Berkshire
    Newbury Chamber Choir
  • 05 MAR 2014
    Royal Northern college of Music, Manchester
    Royal Northern College of Music Student Ensemble
  • 08 NOV 2013
    Finland
    Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra

    Other Dates:
    9 November - Finland
  • 15 SEP 2012
    Düsseldorf, Germany
    altstadtherbst orchester
    Wolfgang Abendroth, conductor
  • 27 JUL 2012
    Kfar Bum Israel
    Opera Aviv
  • 14 JUL 2012
    Cheltenham Festival
    Cheltenham Town Hall
    Trondheim Soloists
  • 27 AUG 2011
    Arcola Theatre London
    The Little Opera Company
  • 07 APR 2011
    Lakeland, FL
    Florida Southern College
    Arthur Pranno, conductor
  • 19 NOV 2010
    Chicago, IL
    Roosevelt University
    Alastair Willis, conductor

    Other Dates:
    20 November - Chicago, IL
  • 10 OCT 2010
    Tübingen, Germany
    Tübinger Kammerorchester
    Markus Kosel, conductor
  • 30 MAY 2010
    Dorchester Abbey, Dorchester, UK
    Orchestra Nova
    George Vass, conductor
  • 10 MAY 2010
    Savitri (Opera)
    Berlin, Germany
    Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
    Simon Halsey, conductor

    Other Dates:
    11 May - Berlin, Germany
  • 10 MAY 2010
    Berlin, Germany
    Radio SO Berlin & Radio Choir Berlin
    Simon Halsey, conductor

    Other Dates:
    11 May - Berlin, Germany
  • 29 JAN 2010
    St Alfeges Church, London, UK
    Trinity College Students
  • 22 MAY 2009
    King's Place, London
    London Sinfonietta
    David Murphy, conductor
  • 14 MAR 2009
    Houston, TX
    St. Philip Presbyterian Church
    Keith Weber, conductor
  • 14 DEC 2008
    Garden City, NY
    Adelphi University
    Christopher Lyndon-Gee, conductor
  • 30 OCT 2008
    Mesa, AZ
    Arizona State University
  • 18 OCT 2008
    Teatro Guardassoni, Bologna, Italy
    Orchestra Teatro Guardassoni
    Cremonini, conductor
  • 12 JUL 2008
    Buxton Festival
    Opera House, Buxton
    Buxton Opera

    Other Dates:
    17,20,25 July - Opera House, Buxton
  • 21 JUN 2008
    Symphony Hall, Birmingham
    City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
    Simon Halsey, conductor
  • 13 JUN 2008
    Cambridge
    Cambridge University Opera Society

    Other Dates:
    14 June - Cambridge
  • 23 NOV 2007
    Brno, Czech Republic
    Komarni Opera

    Other Dates:
    25,27,29 November - Brno, Czech Republic
  • 17 JUL 2005
    Cheltenham Music Festival 2005
    Town Hall, Cheltenham
    Nash Emsemble
    Paul Watkins, conductor
  • 22 AUG 2004
    BBC Proms 2004
    Royal Albert Hall, London
    Nash Ensemble / London Voices
    Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano / Christopher Maltman, baritone; Martyn Brabbins, conductor
  • 18 MAY 2004
    Symphony Hall, Birmingham
    City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
    Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano / Mark Padmore, tenor / James Rutherford, bass; Simon Halsey, conductor

Reviews
‘Holst’s one-act chamber opera is one of the quiet masterpieces of British music, arguably the most successful of all attempts to bring the culture of the East into the Western musical tradition….The vocal lines are haunting…this is a work in which a little means a lot, and every inflection of the word setting, or gesture in the orchestra acquires enormous significance…’
Andrew Clements, Guardian,5/20/2004
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