This is the very
best kind of love story. It's true, absolutely true, based
on the passionate letters of the lovers themselves and an autobiography
This story is tragic, in the most intimate way you can imagine. At
the height of their passion Abelard is castrated by Heloise's enraged
uncle and relatives. Then, in his shame and horror, to add separation
and waste to the recipe, Abelard orders Heloise into a nunnery, and
becomes a monk himself.
raves at its debut ..….a rapturous response ...…The libretto was
one of the most impressive aspects…....the accessibility of the
music put it in company with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s work."
"Abelard and Heloise was staged in a concert version but even
in its unfinished state it is a remarkable and exciting work.
Composer Ross Fiddes and librettist Paul Kavanagh have turned
a true love story from the 12th century into a musical that should
find a place in the 21st Century."
"Ross Fiddes’ music has a variety and beauty rarely found in contemporary
musicals and Paul Kavanagh’s lyrics combine sparkling wit and
"Abelard and Heloise would have made Newcastle’s 200th birthday
party memorable, even if nothing else of quality had been staged
this year. "It has the potential to enthral and entertain audiences
"Fiddes’ music is melodic, testing for singers and rewarding for
audiences, while Kavanagh’s writing delights with its wit."