Above: Promotional graphic for "Murder In The Cathedral" performing at the San Diego Civic Theatre. Courtesy of San Diego Civic Theatre.
West Coast Premiere. Archbishop Thomas Becket, brutally murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in December 1170 defending his church against the intrusions of King Henry II, became a Christian martyr and Saint at whose tomb Henry was forced to pay penance.
Did Henry order the murder or did his knights take matters into their own hands? Based on the T. S. Eliot play, the opera covers the last month of Becket’s life as he struggles with politics, religion and temptation.
Susan Neves and Helene Schneiderman lead the women of Canterbury commenting on the action while unable to interfere with events which seem ordained to happen. Conducted by La Scala’s Donato Renzetti, in his debut here, and directed by Ian Campbell, this is the first professional performance of "Murder in the Cathedral" in America, combining faith, passion, tragedy and hope.
Sung in Italian with English translations above the stage.
March 30, April 2, 5 and 7 (matinee)
For more information, visit http://www.sdopera.com/Operas/Murder_in_the_Cathedral