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Music for a Venetian Orphanage

Antonio Vivaldi - Autumn 2013

An atmospheric concert of sacred music written for the celebrated orphan musicians of the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice.

Conductor 
Jonathan Peter Kenny
Orchestra 
Old Street Band
Countertenor 
Jake Arditti
Countertenor 
Michal Czerniawski
Countertenor 
Russell Harcourt
Soprano 
Catrine Kirkman

I have not an idea of anything so voluptuous and affecting as this music; the richness of the art, the exquisite taste of the vocal part, the excellence of the voices, the justness of the execution, everything in these delightful concerts concurs to produce an impression which certainly is not the mode, but from which I am of opinion no heart is secure.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Confessions, 1770)

This autumn, English Touring Opera presents a rare treat – Vivaldi’s beautiful sacred music in beautiful church settings.

ETO soloists and baroque orchestra the Old Street Band join forces with choirs across the UK for this atmospheric concert of music for the celebrated orphan musicians of the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice, where Vivaldi, nicknamed the ‘Red Priest’, worked for most of his life.

The programme features the Magnificat, whose arias in the original score were inscribed with the name of the orphan girl intended to perform, the exquisite Stabat Mater for solo voice and the exuberant Gloria – Jubilate o amoeni, an elaboration of Vivaldi’s celebrated Gloria in D major with additional text and arias.

Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes (including interval)

Programme

1. Magnificat [RV 611]
2. Stabat Mater [RV 621]
3. Introduction and Gloria [RV 588]

The music

The choirs

  • Crediton: Choir of the Collegiate Church of the Holy Cross
  • Harrogate: Harrogate Vocalis

Showing At

  1. Church of the Holy Cross, Crediton
    27th Oct 2013 - 3:00 pm
  2. St Wilfrid's Church, Harrogate
    3rd Nov 2013 - 3:30 pm
  1. Church of the Holy Cross, Crediton — 27th Oct 2013 - 3:00 pm

    Church Lane, Crediton, Devon, EX17 2AH

  2. St Wilfrid's Church, Harrogate — 3rd Nov 2013 - 3:30 pm

    Duchy Road, Harrogate, HG1 2EY

Jonathan Peter Kenny

Jonathan Peter Kenny

Conductor

Jonathan is from Liverpool and studied at the University of Exeter and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is a founder of the Old Street Band.

He has performed a wide range of music from Monteverdi to the present day, including 14 Handel operas, 13 oratorios and numerous premieres for composers such as Michael Nyman, Jonathan Dove, Pawel Mykietyn, Fabio Vacchi, Deirdre Gribbin, Thomas Ades and Roxanna Panufnik. He has sung for the Royal Opera Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Royal Opera Copenhagen, Salzburg Festival, Halle Handel Festival, Badischestaatsteater Karlsruhe, BBC Proms, Glimmerglass Festival NY, Teatr Wielki Warsaw, Opera du Rhin and in Australia and Japan.

Jonathan has performed with Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, English Baroque Soloists, Gabrieli Consort, Ulster Orchestra under such conductors as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Richard Hickox, David Parry, Ivan Fischer, Thierry Fischer, Jane Glover, Andrew Parrott, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Ivor Bolton, Paul McCreesh, Harry Bicket. Recordings include Mattheus-Passion (Miller/Goodwin); Agrippina (Gardiner); Buxtehude/Cantatas (Immerseel); La conversione di Clodoveo (Gester); Israel in Babylon (Fontaine).

Jonathan is baroque specialist at the Royal College of Music International Opera School and prepared singers for Handel’s Poro, Atalanta, Alessandro, Il pastor fido and Rodelinda, as well as Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea with Michael Rosewell whom he also assisted on Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen. For Trinity-Laban, Jonathan worked on Giustino and Rinaldo.

Jonathan’s performing edition of Tamerlano has been performed in London, Melbourne, Lisbon, Dublin and Prague.

After many years leading his own ensembles, Jonathan made his operatic conducting debut in 2005 with a staging of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater on Valentia Island for artist Dorothy Cross and OTC Dublin. The film was shown at the Irish Museum of Modern Art and in Los Angeles. In 2007 he conducted a new production of Handel’s Teseo for ETO, touring the UK, and in 2009 a new production of Flavio which opened to great enthusiasm as part of the HANDELFEST marking the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death. From these performances, a new period instrument orchestra, the Old Street Band, was formed, making a highly acclaimed debut in autumn 2011 in a new production of Xerxes. Other appearances include a staging of Carissimi’s Jephte for the National Churches Trust; Monteverdi: 1610 and all that at the RCM and a highly praised The Duchess of Malfi Webster/Gesualdo at the Royal and Derngate Theatre Northampton.

Plans include a revival of Flavio, a production of Alcina in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, where Ariosto (author of Orlando furioso on which Alcina is based) was governor, in summer 2012, a reconstruction of Muzio Scevola (Amadei/Buoncini/Handel) and a new production of Agrippina.

Old Street Band

Old Street Band

Orchestra

Jake Arditti

Jake Arditti

Countertenor

Finalist and special prize winner at the 2012 Innsbruck International Baroque Singing Competition‚ countertenor Jake Arditti studied at the Guildhall School and the Royal College of Music’s prestigious Opera School, supported by a Countess of Munster Musical Trust Award‚ a Drapers Company‚ Baroness de Turckheim Scholarship and the Josephine Baker Trust. His professional career began as a treble‚ performing with English National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival‚ where he sang Yniold Pelléas et Mélisande.

Recent and future plans include Othniel in Handel’s Joshua and Spirit Dido and Aeneas for Opera North‚ Nireno Julius Caesar (ENO)‚ Cupid Venus and Adonis and Spirit (Innsbruck Festival)‚ title role Riccardo Primo (London Handel Festival under Laurence Cummings)‚ Guido Flavio (ETO) and SUM , a new work by Max Richter (ROH2). Other roles include Apollo Terpsicore/Il Pastor Fido and Unulfo Rodelinda (London Handel Festival).

Theatre work includes The Revenger’s Tragedy and Dido Queen of Carthage (National Theatre) and Laurie Sansom’s critically-acclaimed production of The Duchess of Malfi for The Royal and Derngate‚ Northampton.

Recent and future concerts include performances at Heidelberg’s Frühling Festival of Respighi’s Il Tramonto and Hilda Paredes’ Canciones Lunaticas for countertenor and string quartet‚ which had its UK premiere at the Wigmore Hall and will be performed at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival, and The Pera Ensemble’s Soul to Soul programme (Heidelberg and Cologne) as well as performances with the Arditti Quartet at the Wien Modern (Vienna)‚ Festival d’Automne (Paris)‚ Edenkoben, Germany and Tokyo.

Michal Czerniawski

Michal Czerniawski

Countertenor

Polish countertenor Michal Czerniawski studied at the Gdansk Academy of Music and at GSMD. He was a member of 2007 edition of Le Jardin des Voix, touring Europe and USA with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, and is alumnus of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme. His stage credits include Arsamene (Handel Serse), Timagene (Hasse Cleofide), Orfeo (Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice), Guido (Handel Flavio – cover) and Crazy Jane (Purcell The Fairy Queen). He has performed in concert with conductors including Christie, Suzuki, Hogwood and Beck. Recently he sang the title role in Agostino Steffani’s Orlando Generoso at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham.

Russell Harcourt

Russell Harcourt

Countertenor

Sydney born counter tenor Russell Harcourt was a finalist at the 2012 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. He studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, at the Royal Academy of Music and he is an Associate Artist of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House performing there for the first time in the 2011 Deloitte Ignite Series. He made his operatic debut in 2007 as Oberon A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Last season he sung Corrado in Vivaldi’s Griselda for Pinchgut Opera in Sydney under Erin Helyard. He has covered Fox/Coachman in The Adventures of Pinocchio for Opera North, Armindo in Partenope for Opera Australia, Roberto in Griselda for Pinchgut Opera, and Zelim in Vivaldi’s La Verita in Cimento and Licida in Vivaldi’s L’Olimpiade for Garsington Opera Festival. His roles at the Royal Academy of Music included Athamas Semele under Sir Charles Mackerras and Volano in Cavalli’s Il Giasone conducted by Jane Glover. He recently sang Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with Australian Ballet and plans include Messiah in Wellington, New Zealand.

Catrine Kirkman

Catrine Kirkman

Soprano

Catrine Kirkman graduated with a Masters from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and continues to study with Jessica Cash. Recent roles include Zerlina/ Don Giovanni (Focus Opera); Tebaldo/ Don Carlo (Midsummer Opera); Susanna/ Figaro, Papagena/ Magic Flute (both Opera Brava); Suor Genovieffa/ Suor Angelica (Midsummer Opera). Catrine performed the solo vocalise in a world premiere by Benjamin Ellin at the opening catwalk show of London Fashion Week 2010. She sings the role of Inn Hostess on the Naxos recording of Edward German’s Tom Jones, and plays the title role in forthcoming cinema release In Love with Alma Cogan (Capriol Films). Future engagements include the role of Laetitia (Sullivan’s The Zoo) for Charles Court Opera in Gettysburg, USA, in June. Catrine has previously appeared with ETO as Barbarina/ Figaro and Moth/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Showing At

  1. Church of the Holy Cross, Crediton
    27th Oct 2013 - 3:00 pm
  2. St Wilfrid's Church, Harrogate
    3rd Nov 2013 - 3:30 pm

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