The Moderate Soprano

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DOI: 10.5040/9780571335510.00000003
Scenes: 21. Roles: Male (4) , Female (1) , Neutral (0)

Nobody can doubt John Christie's passion or his formidable will: his wooing of his opera singer wife has been marked by a determination befitting a man who won the Military Cross at the Battle of Loos. Now, in 1934, this Etonian science teacher's admiration for the works of Wagner has led him to embark on an ambitious project: the construction of an Opera House on his estate in Sussex.

But such is the scale of the enterprise that passion may not be enough. It's only when fog descends on Eastbourne, stranding a famous violinist overnight, that Christie hears word of a group of refugees for whom life in Germany is becoming impossible. Perhaps they can deliver Christie's vision of the sublime - assuming they're willing to cast his wife in the lead.

The Moderate Soprano premiered at Hampstead Theatre, London, in October 2015.

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Faber and Faber

David Hare

ISBN: 9780571325276

Series: Faber Drama

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