Great Expectations presents

Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night / 12 Poems of Emily Dickinson

Music by Dominick Argento / Aaron Copland
Libretto by John Olon-Scrymgeour / Emily Dickinson

Director Ralph Bridle
Music Director David Eaton

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Two music dramas are brought together in a startling fusion, exploding the inner lives of two tortured souls.

In Dominick Argento’s Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night, Charles Dickens‘ anti-heroine obsessively reenacts the events of her wedding day fifty years ago, when she was jilted by her fiancé and vowed vengeance against the male sex.

Then Aaron Copland‘s song-cycle Twelve Poems by Emily Dickinson reveals the hidden world of the isolated yet expressive poet.

Soprano Sarah Minns embodies both women in an evocative production which reveals the depths of their passions.


★★★★ “Sarah Minns, dressed as an all-American housewife of the pre-Betty Friedan variety, sang with clarity, accuracy, intelligence and perfect intonation while acting with subtle expressivity. David Eaton was her impassioned pianist, and a minimal but imaginative staging directed by Ralph Bridle made vivid the plight of unliberated women”