The Moderate Soprano

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David Hare

Published by Faber & Faber

4 Male 1 Female

"I want to give my country a model of perfection ... Nothing less. My country needs cheering up. I'm the man to do it"

The Moderate Soprano is the story of an intense love affair between unlikely bedfellows, and of the unrelenting search for artistic excellence in the face of searing scrutiny, sacrifice and war

Nobody can doubt John Christie's passion or his formidable will

His wooing of his opera singer wife has been marked by a determination befitting a man who won the Military Cross at the Battle of Loos

Now - in 1934 - this Etonian science teacher's admiration for the works of Wagner has led him to embark on an ambitious project - the construction of an Opera House on his estate in Sussex

But such is the scale of the enterprise that passion may not be enough

It's only when fog descends on Eastbourne, stranding a famous violinist overnight, that Christie hears word of a group of refugees for whom life in Germany is becoming impossible

Perhaps they can deliver Christie's vision of the sublime

Assuming, that is, they're willing to cast his wife in the lead ...


★★★★★ "One of the most poignant, theatrical scenes Hare's ever written" ~ WhatsOnStage

★★★★ "Spine-tingling magnificence" ~ Guardian

★★★★ " ... killingly funny and achingly sad' ~ The Independent

★★★★ "Note-perfect" ~ Daily Mail

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