Gloriæ Dei Cantores and Elements Theatre Company presented Ralph Vaughan Williams’s opera, The Pilgrim’s Progress, fully-staged with orchestra and guest soloists at the Church of the Transfiguration, Orleans, MA. For the first time in twelve years, the production returned to a New England stage, drawing an international audience into a timeless story portraying the universal journey of humanity’s search for spiritual redemption.
The Pilgrim’s Progress was the featured event of an international symposium on Arts & Ecumenism commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Sponsored in part by the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust of London, it was the first fully-staged performance of the opera worldwide since performed in London in 2012.
The Pilgrim’s Progress is the culmination of 45 years of Vaughan Williams’s musical journey. It’s the ultimate expression of the wide variety of his musical style, exhibiting fabulous transparency of orchestration and a luminous sound.
Set at the Church of the Transfiguration, this rarely performed opera depicting every man’s journey on earth came to life amidst frescoes, mosaics, bronze, glasswork and stone carvings depicting the story of mans salvation from Genesis to Revelation.
The Pilgrim’s Progress was performed in October and November of 2017.