Miss Havisham’s Wedding
TUE 16 JUNE 2020
Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night is a fantasia on Dicken’s Great Expectations.
Miss Havisham is a wealthy spinster, once jilted at the altar, who wears her wedding dress for the rest of her life. Dickens’s own notes indicate that she is only in her 30s – though in film she is often portrayed as elderly.
The opera monologue gives the backstory to her tragic lonely existence, revealing a most unliberated woman who can’t “let go” of the betrayal.
Dominick Argento (1927 – 2019) composed Miss Havisham’s Fire in 1979 as a full evening which narrated the circumstances surrounding Miss Havisham’s death, requiring a cast of 19 named roles. In 1981 Argento revised it to create this monodrama.
MISS HAVISHAM ∙ SARAH MINNS
PIANO ∙ DAVID EATON
Smoked Mackerel Paté
by Claire Booth (who sings Elle in Poulenc Voix Humaine)
Smoked / peppered mackerel fillets – more than 4
Cream cheese – 1 tub or thereabouts
Horseradish – 1 jar
Double cream – splash
Lemon juice – splash
Skin the mackerel and put fillets, cream cheese and horseradish in a food processor. Let down with double cream if it’s too stiff. Add lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Never fails.