Lyric Solitude: 2

7 Nov 7.30pm
Cancelled
Lyric Solitude: 2 7 Nov 7.30pm

English Touring Opera are thrilled to return to live performance this Autumn, with a programme focussing on the voice of the individual in isolation, on the power of song, and of poetry – with responses to that power in dance, image and drama.

Songs and Proverbs of William Blake (Britten)
Romances on British Poetry (Shostakovich)
The Poet’s Echo (Britten)
Tel Jour Telle Nuit (Poulenc)

Total duration 75 minutes

Songs and Proverbs of William Blake (Britten)
The 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.

Romances on British Poetry (Shostakovich)
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.

The Poet’s Echo (Britten)
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.

Tel Jour Telle Nuit (Poulenc)
Poulenc’s affinity with the poet, and one of the founders of the Surrealist movement, Paul Éluard is made crystal clear in the nine separate, but musically interconnected melodies of Tel Jour Telle Nuit. This was a watershed work for Poulenc and is his most celebrated song-cycle, giving voice to the quiet radiance, the humility and grandeur, the rapture, the terror, the profound humanity and compassion of this great poet. Baritone, Julien Van Mellaerts and pianist Sergey Rybin partner in James Conway’s staging.

★★★★
‘impressive and moving’
‘deeply rewarding and highly recommended’
– Telegraph

★★★★
‘wonderfully lucid singing’
– Guardian

Venue:
Hackney Empire
Pricing:

£26

Full Credits:

Songs and Proverbs of William Blake (Britten)
Singer: Julien Van Mellaerts
Pianist: Ella O’Neill
Director: John Savournin

Romances on British Poetry (Shostakovich)
Singer: Edward Hawkins
Pianist: Sergey Rybin
Director: James Conway

The Poet’s Echo (Britten)
Singer: Jenny Stafford
Pianist: Sergey Rybin
Director: James Conway

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