Friday 27 November 2015

Lully, Hasse and Gertrude Jekyll

Woodhouse Copse
Woodhouse Copse
Woodhouse Copse is an Arts and Crafts house in Surrey with gardens originally laid out by Gertrude Jekyll. The garden is now the venue for an annual opera festival which gives you the chance to combine the lovely garden with some strikingly unusual baroque opera by Lully, and Hasse.
There are two opera venues, an outdoor amphitheatre complete with a pit, and an indoor opera hall. The artistic director is Monika Saunders, and music director is Marcio da Silva,

The first programmes are performed in the indoor hall. First, Lully's Armide, which was premiered in Paris in 1686, will be performed fully staged by Woodhouse Opera and OrQuesta baroque ensemble conducted by Marco da Silva on 20 and 21 February 2015 following a ten day baroque academy. On 4 & 5 June 2016 there is a double bill of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Hasse's Marc'Antonio e Cleopatra, a serenata written for a wedding in Naples in 1725. Then on September 10 & 11, there Puccini's La Boheme staged in the lakeside Theatre.

There is also Carlo Goldoni's The Liar in a new version by David Crook, with music by Leonard Lawrence (25, 26 June), and there are concerts too with a programme about Alma Mahler, and the Hieronymus Quartet's continuing Beethoven quartet cycle.

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