ETO Triple Bill: Dido & Aeneas / Jonas / I Will Not Speak
Sat 3 Nov 7:30pmFrom £8.00 to £35.00
Snape Maltings Concert Hall
A rare concoction of 17th-century music and opera
Seb Harcombe director (Dido & Aeneas)
Bernadette Iglich director (Jonas)
Jonathan Peter Kenny director
Purcell Dido & Aeneas (new production)
Carissimi Jonas (new production)
and music by Gesualdo (sung in English, Italian and Latin with English surtitles)
Best known amongst this triple bill is Dido & Aeneas. ‘Remember me!’ the abandoned Dido calls, and in Henry Purcell’s melody she will be remembered forever. Director Sebastian Harcombe conjures 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, the story of Jonah and the whale. Dancer/director Bernadette Iglich creates new drama with Carissimi’s sensuous music.
I Will Not Speak showcases music of the prince-murderer-composer Carlo Gesualdo. Tortured by his love affairs and by his intense love for an absent God, Gesualdo was a startlingly original composer. Eight singers and eight players perform some of his most intense madrigals in a landscape of shadows and candlelight.