Monster and Flight
Stage Works 1 November, 2016
A new translation of Dove’s Monster in the Maze premiered at Taiwan’s National Taichung Theater for two performances over the weekend (29/30 October 2016). The Chinese-Taiwanese version (titled 迷宮魔獸) represents the fourth translation of the work, with more on the way. The opera continues to storm on and has recently been shortlisted for a BASCA British Composer Awards at this year’s ceremony in the Amateur or Young Performer category. Flight, Dove’s breakthrough opera, will be produced in New York on 16/18/20 November 2016. Julliard Opera opens their season with the modern-day operatic comedy that tells the story of a refugee living in the airport and his interactions with different characters who find themselves delayed in the terminal. Inspired by the true-life story of an Iranian refugee who lived at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris for 18 years. Tickets are available on the Julliard website.
Our Revels Now Are Ended at the Last Night of the Proms
Choral Orchestra & Large Ensemble 8 September, 2016
A new enlarged version of Jonathan Dove’s Our revels Now are ended will receive its world premiere at the Last Night of the Proms on Saturday 10 September, closing the first half of the concert. This setting of Prospero’s words from Shakespeare’s The Tempest was originally written in 2004 to mark the final performance of Musica Nel Chiostro, an opera festival that ran for thirty years in a mediaeval Tuscan monastery. Every summer, invited by impresario Adam Pollock, companies of mainly British singers would flock to the Convento di Santa Croce in Batignano to sing in Italian to a largely Italian-speaking audience, in repertoire ranging from early Baroque to specially-commissioned new works by Stephen Oliver and Jonathan Dove. At the Last Night of the Proms, there will be many more voices than in the first performance, and the orchestra has been somewhat enlarged by the composer. For more information, visit the BBC website
Catching Fire at Cheltenham Festival
General 7 July, 2016
Catching Fire, a new piano solo, will be premiered on Saturday 9 July 2016 by Melvyn Tan at Cheltenham Festival. Jonathan first wrote for Melvyn Tan in 1993 when his New Mozart Ensemble commissioned An Airmail Letter From Mozart – a set of concertante variations on a theme from Divertimento K287, and was delighted to have the opportunity to write a new composition for Melvyn’s 60th birthday. In his mind’s eye, Jonathan suggests that there often seemed to be flames within this new piece – sometimes the small, clear flame of a match or a candle; at other times, bigger flames licking along the edge of something combustible, or consuming it altogether. Three times the listener stares at a still flame, but each time it comes near to something else, and catches fire. The world premiere of Catching Fire takes place at Cheltenham’s Pittville Pump Room on 9 July 2016. Visit the festival website for tickets.
A Brief History of Creation
Choral Orchestra & Large Ensemble 20 June, 2016
Jonathan Dove’s A Brief History of Creation has premiered with the Hallé Children’s Choir and the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder. The piece, which begins with an orchestral Big Bang, looks at the creation of the world from a scientific starting point and can perhaps be seen as a 21st century equivalent of Haydn’s Creation. The 13 sections – which include Stars, Earth, Rain and Dinosaurs – are scored beautifully to produce such evocative imagery as whale song in Whales Return to the Sea. To read the review from the Guardian, click here.
Monster in the Maze in Lille
General 2 June, 2016
Monster in the Maze will be performed in Lille on 3 and 4 June by Opera de Lille. The French translation, Le Monstre du labyrinthe, was first performed at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in July 2015 and continues with this production conducted by Quentin Hindley.