A rare concoction of 17th-century music and opera, featuring a triptych of fully-staged works by Purcell, Carissimi and Gesualdo. Best known is Dido & Aeneas, and the aria ‘When I am laid in earth’. “Remember me!” the abandoned Dido calls, and in Purcell’s melody she will be remembered forever. Director Sebastian Harcombe promises to conjure a Jacobean night-world, in which a great woman contemplates her ruin.
The priest-composer Giacomo Carissimi made a series of short musical dramas for his Roman audience, depicting scenes from the Bible in which humans wrestle with God. One of the finest is Jonas, or Jonah, which depicts the story of Jonah and the whale. Dancer/director Bernadette Iglich will make a new piece of drama on this story with Carissimi’s sensuous music.
The third part of the evening showcases music of the prince-murderer-compose Carlo Gesualdo. Tortured by his mortal love affairs and by his intense love for an absent God, Gesualdo was a striking original. Eight singers and eight players will perform some of his most intense madrigals in a landscape of shadows and candle-light. You will not have heard anything like this before.
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There will be a pre-show talk for this event in room E7 starting at 6.30pm which will run for approximately half an hour. It will be led by the team from English Touring Opera and will include an overview of the opera and a discussion about the production. There will be plenty of signs to show you the way and our stewards will be on hand to direct you when you arrive.
Purcell Dido & Aeneas
Gesualdo I Will Not Speak