Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Jonathan Dover's The Monster in the Maze: the Grange Festival Community Chorus takes its performance on-line



This week the learning team at The Grange Festival was supposed to be presenting a community performance of Jonathan Dove's The Monster in the Maze (and we were due to be going to see it on Saturday). All cancelled, alas you might think, but in fact elements of the project have been going ahead, on-line. Singers from The Grange Festival Community Chorus have come together on-line, along with singers from Longborough Festival Opera and Dutch National Opera, there have been on-line workshops, and they have learned a part of the opera.

The result is a short video, where the chorus is joined by Yvonne Howard (mezzo-soprano), Xavier Hetherington (tenor), James Longford (piano) and Stephen Fry (the voice of Minos). The stage director for the project was Thomas Guthrie, who directed the UK premiere of The Monster in the Maze at the Barbican in 2016, conducted by Simon Rattle, also with Yvonne Howard [I chatted to Thomas in March about the project and about his work in community opera, see our interview All opera is community opera]

Further information, along with a video introducing the project, on The Grange Festival website.

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