Bampton Classical Opera to Present Gluck’s ‘The Crown’

By David Salazar

Bampton Classical Opera is set to perform Gluck’s “The Crown” at St. John’s Smith Square on Nov. 6, 2020.

The opera, which was written by librettist Metastasio, is based on a story from Ovid’s “Metamorphoses.” In the work, Meleagro, Prince of Calydonia, is attempting to chase down a wild boar that is ruining his kingdom. Meanwhile, Atalanta, Cimene, and Asteria debate where to join in the chase, annoyed that only men will be given the glory. In the end, Atalanta wounds the beast, allowing Meleagro to deliver the death blow. In the end, they offer up the crown of glory to Emperor Francis, for whom the opera was commissioned.

The performance will be conducted by Robert Howarth and will feature the ensemble CHROMA. Rosa French will narrate the work, which will feature Harriet Eyley as Meleagro, Samantha Louis-Jean as Atalanta, Lisa Howarth as Climene, and Lucy Anderson as Asteria.

Audiences unable to attend the performance live will be able to stream it via Bampton Classical Opera’s official website starting on Nov. 9, 2020.

The performance will marks the first of the opera in the U.K.  since 1987.