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Alwyn: Miss Julie ()

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William Alwyn pondered an opera based on August Strindberg's play Miss Julie, a seething story of sex and class, as early as the 1950s, but he was dissatisfied by the libretto he received and resolved to write one himself. He did well: his text is a fine example of concision and plain language. Listen to the matter-of-fact, "Miss Julie is crazy" from her lust object, the valet Jean, at the beginning of Act 1. However, by 1977 when the opera had its premiere, fashions had passed Alwyn by, and modernism ruled the roost even ...

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Alwyn: Miss Julie
2020, Chandos

UPC: 095115525326


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