On 31 May 2009 following a preview screening of Twin Spirits there will be a special discussion with Sting and Trudie Styler culminating with a Q&A open to attendees.
Twin Spirits is a subtle and moving stage piece which tells the story of the passionate romance and subsequent marriage between composer Robert Schumann and piano protégé Clara Wieck. Sting and Trudie Styler read from the letters between Robert and Clara while their story is narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi, interwoven with music performed by a cast of international singers and musicians.
"This love story - the relationship and the tragedy - provides a great introduction for people who don't normally listen to classical music. Hearing the Schumanns' music at the same time as telling their story is a very intimate, engaging and emotional experience." Sting
"When we started on this adventure with Twin Spirits, I was profoundly moved by the richness and power of the narrative. The passion of Robert and Clara's love transcends the ages. It is a wonderful and moving story which I believe remains fascinating and relevant to today's world." Trudie Styler
5.30pm, SONY Screen, £3 The Royal Opera House and Opus Arte present Twin Spirits. A preview screening of John Caird's film which tells, in words and music, the story of love and tragedy in the lives of Robert and Clara Schumann, read by Sting and Trudie Styler.
 7pm, Barclays Wealth Pavilion, £10 Trudie Styler & Sting talk to James Jolly 'Twin Spirits' The actress and the musician discuss the story of Robert and Clara Schumann, and their own collaboration in the Royal Opera House project. Sponsored by Castle House Hotel.
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