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The premiere of this new three act community opera Beowulf will be performed by Opera at Chilmark ( in collaboration with Cantata Dramatica ( during the August Bank Holiday 2016.

Cantata Dramatica’s latest commission for 2015-16 is Beowulf, composed by Louis Mander with libretto by Nick Pitts-Tucker.  Nick Pitts-Tucker writes:

"The story of Beowulf is the Anglo Saxon version of the heroic deeds of a Swedish warrior who made his name in Denmark, fighting awesome trolls, and then, in old and distinguished age, rolling out for one last fight with a fire breathing Dragon.

Louis Mander first suggested the poem to me as a suitable subject for a dramatic cantata.  My wife did Anglo Saxon at Cambridge and jumped at the chance to have "Beowulf" set to music so I set to, reading several translations simultaneously, and then making a verse précis of the story.  I also introduced some extra female parts to balance the rather muscular content of the original."

Later Event: October 8
If Music be the food of love

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