Assembly Hall Theatre

English Touring Opera

LYRIC SOLITUDE

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.


01 NOV 20

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 60 mins

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

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.


15 NOV 20


Songs and Proverbs of William Blake (Britten)

Romances on British Poetry (Shostakovich)

The Poet’s Echo (Britten)

Total duration 60 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 English 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.


06 DEC 20

Programme to be Confirmed


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

Songs and Proverbs of William Blake (Britten)

Singer: Julien van Mellaerts

Pianist: Ella O'Neill

Director: John Savournin

Romances on Englsh 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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October 29th 2020
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November 25th 2020
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November 26th 2020
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November 27th 2020
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December 5th 2020
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December 13th 2020
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July 9th 2021
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November 6th 2021
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November 17th 2021
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