Lyric Solitude 5 - Shostakovich's Six Romances on Verse by British Poets/Britten's Songs and Proverbs of William Blake - T917955749The visionary poet and painter William Blake inspired many composers, none more effectively than Benjamin Britten. This cycle, drawing a blazing picture of the innocence and injustice Blake saw around him, is staged John Savournin, with Cardiff Singer of the World 2019 finalist, Julien Van Mellaerts, accompanied by Ella O'Neill. Dimitri Shostakovich's brooding, passionate settings of Robert Burns, Shakespeare and Raleigh conceal the composer's deep feelings about life, caught as he was on the anvil of 1942, hammered by clashing totalitarian armies. Edward Hawkins (bass) is the voice of the man who awaits the reasonless midnight call of his killer, in a world in which beauty is crushed as soon as it is found. Accompanied by Sergey Rybin. Written in Armenia for the Russian soprano Galina Vishnevskaya, Britten's careful, astonishing setting of the Russian poet Pushkin are rarely performed. ‘Who hears the poet? Who is listening to my song?' as poet and composer. Directed by James Conway, Jenny Stafford is the soloist in this haunting work, sung in the original Russian, accompanied by Sergey Rybin.Music Britten (Songs and Proverbs of William Blake). Music Shostakovich (Six Romances on Verses by British Poets). Music Britten (The Poet's Echo). Performer Julien Van Mellaerts (baritone). Performer Edward Hawkins (bass). Performer Jenny Stafford (soprano). Performer Ella O'Neill (piano). Performer Sergey Rybin (piano). Director John Savournin. Director James Conway.
|25 Oct 20||Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh :: V75|
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Lyric Solitude 3. Tippett's Boyhood's End and The Heart's Assurance/Britten's The Holy Sonnets of John Donne - T01437240541The drama of living in a state of war runs through this programme, featuring responses in movement made to the music and poetry. Thomas Elwin (tenor) is the soloist in the ecstatic Boyhood's End (1943), to which Paul Chantry and Rae Piper make response in dance. Elwin is also the soloist in The Heart's Assurance – the most remarkable and fearless setting of poetry by young men who fought and died in WW2. These poems, thrusting sensual desire into a landscape of death, finds response in movement by Bernadette Iglich. Iglich also sets Britten's eloquent, searing response to what he saw at the concentration camp at Belsen at the end of the war in The Holy Sonnets of John Donne. Donne's sonnets ravish and twist, and call out for love and understanding. They are sung by tenor Richard Dowling.Music Tippett (Boyhood's End). Music Birtten (Holy Sonnets of John Donne). Music Tippett (The Heart's Assurance). Performer Thomas Elwin (tenor). Performer Richard Dowling (tenor). Performer Ian Tindale (piano). Performer Paul Chantry (dancer). Choreographer Rae Piper. Director Bernadette Iglich (movement director).
|24 Oct 20||Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh :: V75|
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Lyric Solitude 4 - Shostakovich's Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva/The Holy Sonnets of John Donne. Charm of Lullabies by Britten - T0797521514The drama of living in a state of war runs through this programme, featuring responses in movement made to the music and poetry. Mezzo soprano Katie Stevenson is the soloist in Shostakovich's tribute to Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva, an utterly unique voice in the maelstrom of the inter war and war years. Choreographer Rahel Vonmoos has devised a response in movement. Stevenson is also the soloist in Britten's bizarre Charm of Lullabies, composed on poems by William Blake, Robert Burns, Robert Greene, Thomas Randolph and John Phillip - maybe not the kind of thing to sing you to sleep. Iglich sets Britten's eloquent, searing response to what he saw at the concentration camp at Belsen at the end of the war in The Holy Sonnets of John Donne. Donne's sonnets ravish and twist, and call out for love and understanding. They are sung by tenor Richard Dowling.Music Shostakovich (Poems of Marina Tsetaeva). Music Britten (Holy Sonnets of John Donne/Charm of Lullabies). Performer Katie Stevenson (mezzo soprano). Performer Richard Dowling (tenor). Performer Ian Tindale (piano). Director Rahel Vonmoos (movement director). Director Bernadette Iglich (movement director). Director James Conway.
|24 Oct 20||Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh :: V75|
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Fireworks! - T948346990A concert of highlights from Rossini's greatest operas - his serious ones! These were the operas of which Rossini was most proud, and which contain his most brilliant writing for orchestra, and his most challenging vocal fireworks. John Andrews will conduct the full ETO orchestra in exciting scenes from Rossini's Otello (including his melting 'Willow Song'), La Donna del Lago (a Walter Scott feast), Maometto II (the most testing of them all), Elisabetta (the story of Queen Elizabeth I of England) and Ermione. This show will also feature a pre-show talk.Music Rossini. Conductor John Andrews.
|7 Jun 18||The Coro (Coronation Hall Theatre ), Ulverston :: V8|
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|5 Jun 18||Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent :: V169339333|
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|18 May 18||Perth Theatre, Perth :: V637|
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|16 May 18||Perth Theatre, Perth :: V637|
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|24 Apr 18||Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham :: V90|
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|3 Apr 18||G-Live, Guildford :: V0839845247|
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|25 Mar 18||Buxton Opera House, Buxton :: V424|
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|22 Feb 18||Hackney Empire, Outer London :: V309|
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J.S. Bach: St John Passion - T01562726387Conductor Jonathan Peter Kenny. Director James Conway. Company Old Street Band Orchestra. Company Lancaster Priory Bach Consort. Company Vox Boys' Choir. Company Ripley St Thomas CE Academy.
|4 Dec 16||Nuffield Theatre (Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts), Lancaster :: V522|
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Cantata Nos. 154/156/54/159 - T627039969Presented in collaboration with The Choir of the Collegiate Church of the Holy Cross Church, Credition. ETO joins forces with The Choir of the Collegiate Church of the Holy Cross for a concert of some of J.S Bach s most beautiful cantatas. ETO soloists and period players from the Old Street Band perform Cantatas Nos. 154, 156, 54 and 159, with J.S Bach s inspiring choruses sung in the beautiful setting of Holy Cross Church, Crediton.Music J.S. Bach.
|20 Nov 11||Northcott Theatre, Exeter :: V886|
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Tenebrae Music - T01151616670Carlo Gesualdo was a prince, a murderer, and an intensely expressive composer: his madrigals use a chromatic language that is utterly distinctive - even to the modern ear, his work is bizarre and compelling. ETO stages a series of atmospheric concerts of his motets, and in particular his vivid Tenebrae Music, performed by 6 male voices; this music for voices only will be performed with readings from the composer s very intense letters and journals, to make for a compelling entertainment.Music Gesualdo.
|19 Nov 11||Northcott Theatre, Exeter :: V886|
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Membra Jesu Nostri - T01465026497Presented in collaboration with the Royal College of Music. ETO is staging a production of the extraordinary masterpiece Membra Jesu Nostri, a set of seven cantatas for voices (a unique collaboration with gifted young singers and period players from the Royal College of Music) and period orchestra by Bach s great contemporary Buxtehude. Setting a 13th century poem together with visceral texts from the Bible, it focuses on seven parts of the crucified body of Christ - hence the title, ?the limbs of our Jesus . Equally devotional and theatrical, it is one of the most inspiring pieces of music of the 17th century, and its text poses fascinating questions about language, the body and evangelism.Company Buxtehude.
|15 Nov 11||Northcott Theatre, Exeter :: V886|
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The Bach Concert - T0527796328
|22 Oct 11||Buxton Opera House, Buxton :: V424|
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Red Riding Hood - T1339546302A fabulous retelling of the timeless fairy tale, Red Riding Hood is the perfect introduction to the instruments of the orchestra and a magical experience for children aged 4-7.Music Tom Smail. Lyrics Emma House.
|13 May 08||The Hawth, Crawley :: V720|
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Vienna Spirit (Wiener Blut) - A concert with some surprises - T1253308921Semi-Staged. Vienna Spirit has everything you expect from a great Strauss operetta - instantly hummable tunes, dancing, and decadent fun. Bringing together music from some of Strauss’s most famous waltzes, including ‘Wine, Women and Song’, ‘Tales from the Vienna Woods’ and its namesake, the 1873 ‘Wiener Blut Waltz’, Vienna Spirit is the comic tale of Count Zedlau, his wife, his mistress and Pepi, the new object of his affectionsMusic Johann Strauss.
|27 Mar 07||Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham :: V90|
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|30 Sep 98||Mercury Theatre, Colchester :: V37|
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