Savitri and The Wandering Scholar
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A rare opportunity to experience two of Gustav Holst's chamber operas brings down the curtain on this year's Grimeborn. First he re-tells the Hindu legend from the 'Mahabharata' about the death of Satyavan and his wife Savitri's appeals to Yama, the lord of death. With Jenny Stafford (Savitri), Alex Berman (Satyavan) and Edward Ballard (Death). In contrast, 'The Wandering Scholar' is a boisterous romp based on a tale by Helen Waddell about a philandering priest who gets his come-uppance. An irreverent opera buffo, it employs character 'types' and a storytelling device whereby a cunning student reveals the misdemeanours of a lecherous priest and a wife with a roving eye to her cuckolded husband. With Edward Ballard (Louis), Jenny Stafford (Alison) and Nick Scott (Pierre). Directed by Daisy Evans.