Monday, 26 June 2017

French Baroque in Surrey: Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie at Woodhouse Opera

Woodhouse Opera's recent production of Cavalli's La Calisto
Woodhouse Opera's recent production of Cavalli's La Calisto
Have taking recent productions to London and Hastings, Woodhouse Opera returns to Woodhouse Copse at Holmbury St Mary in Surrey on 1 & 2 July 2017 when its latest Baroque Academy, under the artistic direction of Marcio da Silva, presents Rameau's 1733 opera Hippolyte et Aricie. It was Rameau's first opera, and he was over 50 when it was premiered in Paris. Contemporary audiences found the piece bizarre and dissonant (it was the first music to be called 'baroque' which was intended as a term of abuse').

Woodhouse Opera is staging the work with a double cast with Hugh Benson and Kieran White sharing Hippolyte, Ashley Adams and Marjolaine Horreaux sharing Aricie, Rosemary Carlton-Wills and Olivia Miller sharing Phedre, with Jolyon Loy, Helen May, Elisabeth Wieland, and Samuel Lom, Artistic director Marcio da Silva sings Tisiphone with assistant music director Stephanie Gurga at the harpsichord.

Full details from the Woodhouse Opera website.

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