Berkeley: The One Act Operas - Dinner Engagement, Cataway, & Ruth
Berkeley’s first opera, Nelson, was put on at Sadler’s Wells in 1954. The others were performed by the English Opera Group which had been founded by the young Benjamin Britten, Joan Cross, Eric Crozier and Peter Pears in 1946. In the same year as the Nelson premiere Berkeley’s first one-acter, A Dinner Engagement, featured at Aldeburgh. Aldeburgh was also the scene of Ruth in 1956 and Castaway in 1967. Each work inhabits its own world, and each finds Berkeley’s musical imagination delivering new sounds to match the drama.
Catalog Number: REAM2144
Composer: Lennox Berkeley
Conductor: Maurice Handford, Meredith Davies, Steuart Bedford
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Northern Orchestra, BBC Northern Singers, BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, English Opera Group Choir
Performer: Alfreda Hodgson, Carolyn Maia, Cynthia Glover, Derek Williamson, Edward Darling, Elizabeth Robinson, Geoffrey Chard, James Atkins, Jean Allister, Johanna Peters, John Wilson, Kenneth MacDonald, Malcolm Rivers, Marjorie Westbury, Norman Lumsden, Pamela Bowden, Patricia Blans, Patricia Clark, Peter Pears, Ronald Harvi, Soo Bee Lee, Thomas Hemsley, Verity Ann Bates