Margaret Catchpole: Two Worlds Apart

Friday 5 Jul 2019 7pm

An operatic tale of misguided loyalty, passion and fate

Stephen Dodgson music
Libretto by Ronald Fletcher based on the novel by Richard Cobbold

Cast: Kate Howden, Matthew Brook, Richard Edgar-Wilson, Anna Dennis, William Wallace, Nicholas Morris, Alistair Ollerenshaw, Peter Willcock, Diana Moore, Robyn Allegra Parton, Jon Stainsby, Michael Bundy, Leonora Dawson-Bowling, Mark Saberton, Jonathan Hanley

Ensemble Perpetuo
Julian Perkins conductor


A concert performance of Margaret Catchpole: Two Worlds Apart, a chamber opera in 4 acts by Stephen Dodgson. Libretto by Ronald Fletcher based on the novel by Richard Cobbold.

A pre-performance talk by Anthony Cobbold will be given at 6pm.

Stephen Dodgson’s 1979 chamber opera tells the story of Suffolk heroine, criminal and chronicler Margaret Catchpole. The opera immerses us in the internal battle between her own good character and values, and her heartfelt loyalty to Will Laud, a smuggler – the man she loves.

Conductor Julian Perkins directs a stellar cast that includes Kate Howden in the title role.


‘Dodgson’s lyrical genius is fully audible and his knack for vividly scored fast writing is much in evidence as well as his ability to write beautifully euphonious work’ Klassisk Musikk

‘The music is complex yet approachable, always with a spicy twist to the harmony’ Planet Hugill

‘Dodgson had an acute ability to highlight the best aspects of whatever instruments he chose to write for.’ MusicWeb International