Monday 15 March 2021

Music, poetry & more: OperaUpClose returns to Shakespeare for its latest Coffee Break Concerts

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OperaUpClose is returning with a third series of on-line Coffee Break Concerts, Songs of Solace and Spring. The concerts are all under 30 minutes and feature a mix of poetry, monologues, songs and music for theatre, including introductions from actor Fiona Shaw.

Shakespeare Re-Shaped debuts on 17 March 2020 and features music from Gounod's Romeo & Juliet and Verdi's Falstaff performed by Claire Wild (soprano), Joseph Doody (tenor), Rodney Clarke (baritone) and Kelvin Lim (piano), alongside readings from Shakespeare from actor Kat Rose-Martin (including her own newly written response piece to Shakespeare and Verdi’s Ford) and deaf actor Lara Steward performing Juliet’s ‘Gallop apace’ monologue in British Sign Language.

Calming the Tempest debuts on 31 March 2020 and returns to Shakespeare with tenor Joseph Doody in Guy Woolfenden’s Songs of Ariel (written for Ian Charleson as part of a legendary 1978 RSC production of The Tempest), music from singer-songwriter Rosabella Gregory, Jade Anouka premiering her new poem This Brave Vessel and actor Athena Stevens reading Sylvia Plath. The concert will end with actor Fiona Shaw introducing three poems by Emily Dickinson, and the world premiere of Nicholas O'Neill’s song cycle of the same performed by mezzo Flora McIntosh and accompanied by the composer on piano.

Further details from the OperaUpClose website.

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