Saturday, 5 September 2015

LPO in Luke Styles 'Macbeth', and travels to Mexico, Italy and Frankfurt

Luke Style and Ted Huffman at Glyndebourne, photo Sam Stephenson
Luke Style and Ted Huffman at Glyndebourne,
photo Sam Stephenson
The London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), conducted by Jeremy Bines, gives the London premiere of Luke Styles' opera Macbeth at the Linbury Studio Theatre at Covent Garden on Wednesday 9 September. The opera was written for Glyndebourne and premiered there earlier this year; Styles was Young Composer in Residence at Glyndebourne from 2011 to 2014. The opera is directed by the American director Ted Huffman who also adapted Shakespeare's text for the work (no mean feat as the opera lasts just 1 hour 10 minutes).

The LPO is having a busy time this month.This week they are in Italy where Vladimir Jurowski will be conducting the recently re-discovered 1879 version of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with pianist Kirill Gerstein (who recorded it with the Deutsches-Symphonie Orchester Berlin and James Gaffigan, see my review). As a compare and contrast, the following evening they perform the traditional version with Daniil Trifonov at La Scala, Milan. The orchestra is also touring to Mexico with conductor Alondra de la Parra as part of the Year of Mexico in the United Kingdom 2015 where the programme includes RVW's Lark Ascending with Jennifer Pike along with music by Arnold, and Oliver Knussen, and Mahler's Resurrection Symphony. Later in September the orchestra will be touring to the Alte Opera, Frankfurt.

Further information from the London Philharmonic Orchestra's website.

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