World Premiere of The Monster in the Maze
Stage Works 19 June, 2015
The Monster in the Maze, Jonathan Dove’s newest opera, will receive it’s world premiere this weekend, given by a cast of soloists, choirs and the Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Jointly commissioned by the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra and Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the work was commissioned to draw together professional musicians with amateurs from each organisation’s local community. The piece is scored for three professional soloists and a professional actor, adult community chorus, youth chorus, children’s chorus, and an orchestra of professional players playing alongside young or pre-professional players. The opera tells a simplified version of the familiar story of the Minotaur, with a libretto by frequent collaborator Alasdair Middleton translated in to both French and German. The initial performances in Berlin (20 & 21 June) will be followed by London (5 July) and Provence (8 & 9 July), with each co-commissioner’s production having a unique staging and vision. More information on the project can be found on its dedicated website, www.monsterinthemaze.com. Sunday’s performance will be broadcast live online from Berlin and available to view for free at www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/20453.
LMP fundraises for For An UnkNown Soldier recording
General 16 June, 2015
The London Mozart Players have started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the premiere recording of Jonathan Dove’s For An UnkNown Soldier. The work was commissioned to mark the centenary of the First World War and uses texts drawn from a variety of writers working at that time. Scored for tenor soloist, children’s and adult choruses and large orchestra, this ambitious and poignant work has already been performed three times in the UK by the London Mozart Players. Visit the Dove Kickstarter page to find out more and to back the project.
Flight at Opera Holland Park
Stage Works 5 June, 2015
On Saturday 6 June Jonathan Dove’s Flight will receive it’s professional London stage premiere when it is performed by Opera Holland Park. Commissioned by Glyndebourne and premiered there in 1998, this operatic comedy has to date had over 100 professional performances, making it one of the most successful stage works to be written in recent decades. With a libretto by leading British playwright April de Angelis, the opera has both laugh-out-loud and more serious moments as the story of the refugee who lives in the airport – inspired by the true-life story of an Iranian refugee who lived at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, for 18 years – unfolds around the different characters who find themselves delayed in the terminal. More information on the new production can be found on the Holland Park Opera website.