THE BLACK SWAN - Arias of Gothic Love
A Candlelit Concert at Guy's Hospital Chapel with Gothic Opera
on Sunday the 20th March 2022 at 7:30 pm

In 1706 critic and dramatist John Dennis opined “nothing can be more Gothic than an Opera.” The two art forms are natural bedfellows, both presenting an extravagant, highly symbolic and heavily romanticised world, where reality is frequently interspersed with magic and fantasy.

Attending early Italian operas in London inspired English MP and man of letters Horace Walpole to write “The Castle of Otranto” , usually considered to be the first Gothic novel in 1764. According to musicologist Aubrey Garlington “between 1764 and 1802, some sixty or seventy works for the stage exhibiting ‘Gothic’ characteristics were produced”.

Gothic Opera was founded with the aim of resurrecting and rebooting some of these now forgotten works. In this candlelit concert, they will perform a programme of arias exploring different facets of Gothic love, including The Black Swan (from The Medium by Menotti), Juliet’s Poison (from Romeo and Juliet by Gounod), Do Not Approach my Tomb by Verdi, Love and the Skull by D'Indy and To the War-Torn Land by Duparc.

Tickets £15 including a Gothic Punch and 20% donation to the DEC Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. Please click here to purchase.

Gothic Opera
Gothic Opera specialises in performances of rarely-seen operatic works that take inspiration from the uncanny atmosphere of the Gothic and supernatural.

Image credit - Suzette Field, swan inspired by Hilma AF Klint.