We Two Were Lovers – The Sea and I

We Two Were Lovers – The Sea and I

Fri 16 Jun

OperaUpClose take you on a musical and poetic journey through a young woman’s psyche as she struggles with the boundaries between love and delusion.

Performed in English by a singer and harpist, We two were lovers centres around Toria Banks’ new, contemporary version of Haydn’s dramatic cantata Arianna a Naxos, with additional music by Wagner, Dvorak,Rebecca Clark, Colleridge Taylor and Michael Betteridge, and poetry by Emily Dickinson and Carol Ann Duffy.

Thematically linked and running adjacent to OperaUpClose’s national tour of The Flying Dutchman,
We two were lovers is powerful musical storytelling addressing critical issues of our time
– the movement of people, an island mentality and our complex love affair with the sea.

This intense and eclectic programme speaks to lovers of spoken word and alternative
music nights, to regular theatre-goers, and to all those who enjoy stories of the human

(The performance will be followed by an informal post-show discussion with the performers and creative team.)


We are an ambitious, collaborative touring opera company with a mission to improve the availability, relevance and reach of the art form. We distill the essence of classic operas into new, contemporary works with their own artistic integrity and excellence.

We create new commissions alongside bold interpretations of established material, touring innovatively staged, affordable productions to theatres, as well as less traditional performance spaces, across the country.

We are proud to be the only resident opera company in the South West, based at the dynamic cultural hub MAST, Southampton, making opera central to the UK’s diverse theatrical landscape.