ETO Triple Bill: Dido & Aeneas / Jonas / I Will Not Speak

Saturday 3 Nov 2018 7:30pm

A rare concoction of 17th-century music and opera

Sky Ingram Dido
Frederick Long Sorceress
Nicholas Mogg Aeneas
Jorge Navarro Colorado Jonas
Susannah Fairbairn
Benjamin Williamson
Alison Manifold
Richard Dowling

Purcell Dido & Aeneas (new production directed by Seb Harcombe, sung in English)

Carissimi Jonas (new production directed by Bernadette Iglich, sung in Latin)

I Will Not Speak music by Gesualdo (sung Italian)

with English surtitles throughout

Jonathan Peter Kenny conductor
Adam Wiltshire designer

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.

“harmonies are rendered with exquisite beauty”
★★★★★ musicOMH

“expressively sung, powerfully staged”
★★★★ The Times

“fluent staging”
★★★★ The Stage

This production is not suitable for people aged 11 and under