‘Bastien & Bastienne / Savitri’

by W.A.Mozart / by G.Holst Opera Double Bill Tour with Shadow Puppets - Spring 2014 sponsored by Shoreditch St.Leonard Church

Director: Natalie Katsou
Musical Director: Amber Rainey
Designer: Yiannis Katsaris

Helen Bailey, Alessandro Fisher, Joe Kennedy

Bastien & Bastienne
Bastienne pines for her lover, Bastien, and fears that he has found a new lover during his visit to the city. She enlists the help of Colas, who persuades her to regain Bastien's affection by playing hard to get; Colas then tells Bastien that, in his absence, Bastienne has fallen for a new admirer. Can Bastienne win back her man, or shall her unkind behaviour be one step too far, pushing Bastienne away forever?

Sāvitri, wife of Satyavan, hears the calls of Death and fears its arrival. Satyavan reassures her that her nightmares are an illusion: "All is unreal; all is Maya". When Death arrives, Satyavan is weakened and Death is triumphant. No longer afraid, Sāvitri welcomes Death and offers him a deal...