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Gustav Holst

Publisher: Novello & Co

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

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.

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  • 01 DEC 2018
    Lingle Hall Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, Richmond, IN
    Earlham College Orchestra
    Forrest Tobey, conductor
  • 01 MAR 2018
    Gates-Abegglan Theatre, Oxford, OH
    Miami University
    Benjamin Smolder, conductor

    Other Dates:
    2,3 March - Gates-Abegglan Theatre, Oxford, OH
  • 20 JAN 2018
    Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, UK
    Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

    Other Dates:
    22-24 January - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, UK
  • 10 NOV 2017
    Shirley Welsh Ryan Opera Theater, Evanston, IL
    Northwestern University

    Other Dates:
    12,17,19 November - Shirley Welsh Ryan Opera Theater, Evanston, IL
  • 20 JUL 2017
    San Francisco Opera Center, San Francisco, CA
    San Francisco Opera
    Christopher Ocasek, conductor

    Other Dates:
    22 July - San Francisco Opera Center, San Francisco, CA
  • 25 FEB 2017
    Martin Harris Centre for Music & Drama, Manchester University, UK
    Manchester University Music Society
  • 08 FEB 2017
    Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK
    City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
    Nicholas Collon, conductor
  • 15 OCT 2016
    Music & Scene house, Oslo, Norway
    Orchestra and choir of the Academy and the Barratt Due Institute of Music
    Susanna Wolff, soprano; Per Kristian Ruud Enggrav, tenor; Carl-Christian Kure, baritone; Fergus McAlpine, conductor
  • 10 MAR 2016
    Birmingham, UK
    Birmingham Conservatoire students
  • 09 DEC 2015
    Gießen, Germany
    Philharmonisches Orchester Gießen
    Martin Spahr, conductor

    Other Dates:
    20,30 December; 15 January 2016 - Gießen, Germany
  • 09 SEP 2015
    British Youth Opera

    Other Dates:
    11,12 September -
  • 30 MAY 2015
    Köln, Germany
    Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
    Rainer Mühlbach, conductor

    Other Dates:
    6,7,10,13,16 June - Köln, Germany
  • 16 NOV 2014
    Melos Sinfonia
  • 27 SEP 2014
  • 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
    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

‘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,20/05/2004
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