Walton "The Bear"

Friday, December 8, 2023

We’re looking forward to tackling Walton’s comic opera, The Bear, in February 2024. Described as an "Extravaganza in One Act" and written to a commission from the Koussevitzsky Foundation, it’s an adaptation of Chekhov’s play, to a libretto by Paul Dehn and Walton, and showcases the composer’s witty parodies, à la Façade. The Bear was first performed at the Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh on 3 June 1967.


William Walton with a koala (tenuous, we know...)

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