We Two Were Lovers – The Sea and I
OperaUpClose takes you on a musical and poetic journey through a young woman’s psyche as she struggles with the boundaries between love and delusion
Performed in English by a singer and accordion player, We two were lovers centres around Toria Banks’ new, contemporary version of Haydn’s dramatic cantata Arianna a Naxos, with additional music by Wagner, Dvorak, Rebecca Clark, Coleridge-Taylor and Michael Betteridge, and poetry by Emily Dickinson and Carol Ann Duffy.
Thematically linked and running adjacent to OperaUpClose’s national tour of The Flying Dutchman, We two were lovers is powerful musical storytelling addressing critical issues of our time – the movement of people, an island mentality and our complex love affair with the sea. This intense and eclectic programme speaks to lovers of spoken word and alternative music nights, to regular theatre-goers, and to all those who enjoy stories of the human condition.
The performance will be followed by an informal post-show discussion with the performers and creative team.