Lyric Solitude: 3

6 Nov 7.30pm
Cancelled
Lyric Solitude: 3 6 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.

Boyhood’s End (Tippett)
The Holy Sonnets of John Donne (Britten)
Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva (Shostakovich)
The Heart’s Assurance (Tippett)
A Charm of Lullabies (Britten)

Total duration 75 mins

Remember your lovers who gave you more than love – Sidney Keyes

The 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.

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.

Song and movement work in partnership with piano, played by Ian Tindale.

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

★★★★
‘wonderfully lucid singing’
– Guardian

Venue:
Hackney Empire
Pricing:

£26

Full Credits:

Boyhood’s End (Tippett)
Singer: Thomas Elwin
Pianist: Ian Tindale
Dancer: Paul Chantry
Choreography: Rae Piper

The Holy Sonnets of John Donne (Britten)
Singer: Richard Dowling
Pianist: Ian Tindale
Movement: Bernadette Iglich

A Charm of Lullabies (Britten)
Singer: Katie Stevenson
Pianist: Ian Tindale
Director: James Conway

The Heart’s Assurance (Tippett)
Singers: Thomas Elwin
Pianist: Ian Tindale
Movement: Bernadette Iglich

Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva (Shostakovich)
Singer: Katie Stevenson
Pianist: Ian Tindale
Movement: Rahel Vonmoos

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