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Membra Jesu Nostri

Buxtehude - Autumn 2011

Buxtehude’s cycle of seven cantatas meditating on different parts of Christ’s body.

Conductor 
Michael Rosewell
Director 
James Conway
Director 
Bernadette Iglich

Alongside our operas, English Touring Opera is planning some very intriguing performances of theatrical baroque music this coming autumn.

First among these is a production of the extraordinary masterpiece Membra Jesu Nostri, a set of seven cantatas for voices and period orchestra (a unique collaboration with gifted young singers and players from the Royal College of Music) by Bach’s great contemporary Buxtehude.

Setting a 13th century poem together with visceral texts from the Bible, it focuses on seven parts of the crucified body of Christ – hence the title, ‘the limbs of our Jesus’. Equally devotional and theatrical, it is one of the most inspiring pieces of music of the 17th century, and its text poses fascinating questions about language, the body and evangelism.

This project is a collaboration between students of the Royal College of Music and professionals working on the Autumn 2011 season of English Touring Opera productions.

Running time: 1 hour and 4 minutes (no interval)

RCM performers

Anna Anandarajah Soprano
Hannah Sandison Soprano
Rubert Enticknap Countertenor
Simon Chalford Gilkes Tenor
Pnini Gruber Bass
Paul Chantry Dancer

Anne Marie Christensen Violin
Sophia Anagnostou Violin
Willemijn Knodler Cello
Pia Pircher Viola da gamba
Jadran Duncumb Theorbo

The music

• Cantata I: Ad Pedes (To the Feet)
• Cantata II: Ad Genua (To the Knees)
• Cantata III: Ad Manus (To the Hands)
• Cantata IV: Ad Latus (To the Side)
• Cantata V: Ad Pectus (To the Breast)
• Cantata VI: Ad Cor (To the Heart)
• Cantata VII: Ad Faciem (To the Face)

Listen to Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri online on Spotify. (Not on Spotify? Click here to join for free)

Festival tips and local secrets

We are sure that in between performances you will be keen to get out and about and make the most of what the places we are touring to have to offer. With this in mind, we have compiled guides to some of this season’s towns and venues, listing places to go, attractions to visit and tips on where to eat and shop. Enjoy your stay!

Production photography by Amy Romer
Candles image by Diganta Talukdar

Showing At

  1. Holy Trinity Church, London
    5th Oct 2011 - 7:30 pm
  2. Jesus College Chapel, Cambridge
    19th Oct 2011 - 7:30 pm
  3. St Nicholas Church, Lincoln
    28th Oct 2011 - 7:30 pm
  4. Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh
    15th Nov 2011 - 7:30 pm
  5. Gloucester Cathedral
    22nd Nov 2011 - 7:30 pm
  1. Holy Trinity Church, London — 5th Oct 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2BA

  2. Jesus College Chapel, Cambridge — 19th Oct 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BL

  3. St Nicholas Church, Lincoln — 28th Oct 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Newport, Lincoln, LN1 3EP

  4. Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh — 15th Nov 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Buckfast Road, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0EA

  5. Gloucester Cathedral — 22nd Nov 2011 - 7:30 pm

    12 College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LX

Michael Rosewell

Michael Rosewell

Conductor

Michael began his career at the Vienna State Opera as a member of the music staff and assistant to Claudio Abbado. Having worked closely with many of the world’s greatest singers including Pavarotti, Domingo, Gruberova, Freni, Carreras, Alfredo Kraus, and Cappuccilli, he went on to conduct extensively throughout Germany; notably the opera houses in Kassel, Wiesbaden and the Nationaltheater, Mannheim, where he held the position of Kapellmeister. He has also conducted at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, for Kent Opera, ENO, and regularly at the International Festivals in Aldeburgh, Bath, Perth, Buxton and Montepulciano.

In concert Michael has conducted amongst others, the Staatsorchester, Rheinische Philharmonie, the Nationalorchester, Mannheim, the Staatsorchester, Wiesbaden, the Pforztheimer Kammerorchester, the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, the RTE Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, the BT Scottish Ensemble and the Aurora Orchestra. He has also worked extensively with leading period instrument ensemble ‘The London Handel Orchestra’ with which, as ‘Associate Conductor’, he introduced many rarely performed Handel operas to the London stage. He has broadcast for Radio France Musique, RTE Dublin and Süddeutsche Rundfunk. His recording of Lehar arias, with Grammy award winning tenor Alfie Boe and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera was recently re-released under the Decca record label.

Recent projects include mentoring Craig Revel Horwood through to winning the BBC Maestro at the Opera, filmed in association with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, to conducting a Bach’s St John Passion with the RTE Symphony Orchestra, Dublin. His most recent performances with ETO included Michael Tippett’s King Priam at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; a production which won the Olivier Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Opera’, 2014.

James Conway

James Conway

Director

General Director of ETO, James Conway has directed 24 new productions and 4 revivals for the company, including Donizetti’s The Siege of Calais (to be revived in 2015), Maria Stuarda and Anna Bolena and Handel’s Alcina, Ariodante, Teseo, Tolomeo, Flavio, Xerxes and Agrippina. Other notable ETO productions include Eugene Onegin, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Simon Boccanegra, The Emperor of Atlantis and the world première of Alexander Goehr’s Promised End. For RCM he directed L’incoronazione di Poppea and Le nozze di Figaro, and for the Canadian Opera Company Don Giovanni. His production of The Cunning Little Vixen is in repertory at the Moravian National Theatre in Janacek’s home city of Brno. He has written original libretti for 2 operas and translations for 5 others, as well as several works of fiction; his most recent translation was last season’s Agrippina. Upcoming productions include Giulio Cesare (Lucca) and Ottone (ETO).

Bernadette Iglich

Bernadette Iglich

Director

Opera and theatre work: Choreographer: The Cunning Little Vixen (ETO, OTC); Sweeney Todd (RAM); Who Killed Mr Drum (Treatment Theatre), Jenufa, Eugene Onegin, Susannah and Don Giovanni ( ETO); Casanova (Told by an Idiot); Tartuffe and The Hypochondric (Liverpool Playhouse) Director: Hänsel und Gretel (Stowe Opera); Jephtha (ETO). Le nozze di Figaro and Eugene Onegin (Iford Arts)
Bernadette’s career as a dancer and performer includes working for Tanztheater Wuppertal, ARC Dance Company, Siobhan Davies, Aletta Collins, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre, Corp Feasa and many leading choreographers and directors in dance, opera and theatre.

Showing At

  1. Holy Trinity Church, London
    5th Oct 2011 - 7:30 pm
  2. Jesus College Chapel, Cambridge
    19th Oct 2011 - 7:30 pm
  3. St Nicholas Church, Lincoln
    28th Oct 2011 - 7:30 pm
  4. Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh
    15th Nov 2011 - 7:30 pm
  5. Gloucester Cathedral
    22nd Nov 2011 - 7:30 pm

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