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New Adventures with Psappha

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Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: bartok, kurtag, ligeti, lutoslawski, psappha, stoller hall

Thursday September 27th 2018, 7:30pm, The Stoller Hall, Manchester

Psappha

Witold Lutosławski Variations on a Theme of Paganini
Béla Bartók Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion
György Kurtág Scenes from a Novel*
György Ligeti Aventures & Nouvelles Aventures

Nicholas Kok conductor
Gillian Keith soprano
Jessica Gillingwater mezzo soprano
Alexander Robin Baker baritone

*Elaine Tyler-Hall director

Ligeti’s astonishing Aventures & Nouvelles Aventures is both touching and comic. Three singers – alone in their little universe – tell each other stories, exchange confidences and play games through an invented language of the emotions. Meanwhile, the instrumentalists punctuate the drama with some extreme musical interjections involving a giant hammer, a tray of crockery, and a large rug!

Voice, film and dance combine in Psappha’s atmospheric production of Kurtág’s Scenes from a Novel, which explores the contradictions between fleeting experience and the persistence of memory.

Also featuring Bartók’s exhilarating Sonata for Pianos and Percussion and Lutosławski’s witty, two-piano arrangement of Variations on a Theme of Paganini, the concert launches Psappha’s new season in terrific style.

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Bluebeard’s Castle

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Categories: Opera, Women musicians
Tags: bartok, bluebeards castle, stone nest

Thursday 4 November at 7.00pm, Stone Nest, London W1D 5EZ

Ground-breaking new opera company Theatre of Sound launches in November 2021 with a radical retelling of one of opera’s great masterpieces – Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle. Usually presented as a Gothic horror story centred around an abusive relationship, this new, fully staged presentation reimagines the piece as a love story between a long married couple coming to terms with living with dementia. Sung in English in a newly-commissioned translation, the production features a stellar cast of star singers with soprano Susan Bullock, bass-baritone Gerald Finley, baritone Michael Mayes and soprano Gweneth Ann Rand sharing the principal roles of Duke Bluebeard and Judith under the dynamic direction of Daisy Evans, Stephen Higgins and their creative team. In a new chamber orchestration, players from the virtuosic London Sinfonietta accompany the fourteen performances conducted by Higgins.
 
 
Daisy Evans director
Stephen Higgins conductor
London Sinfonietta

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