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Tenebrae Music

Gesualdo - Autumn 2011

Wildly experimental sacred madrigals that lay bare the depths of Gesualdo’s strong, suffering soul.

Conductor 
Jonathan Peter Kenny
Counter tenor 
Jake Arditti
Counter tenor 
Michal Czerniawski
Tenor 
Anthony Gregory
Tenor 
Johnny Langridge
Tenor 
Nicholas Merryweather
Bass 
Aidan Smith

Carlo Gesualdo was a prince, a murderer, and an intensely expressive composer: his madrigals use a chromatic language that is utterly distinctive – even to the modern ear, his work is bizarre and compelling.

English Touring Opera plans a series of atmospheric concerts of his motets, and in particular his vivid tenebrae music, sung by six male voices; this music for voices only will be performed with readings from the composer’s very intense letters and journals, to make for a compelling entertainment.

Interviews, videos and trailers

The music

Madrigals
• Book 5: S’io non miro non moro
• Book 4: Io tacerò
• Book 6: Beltà, poi che t’assenti
• Book 6: Morro, lasso

Motets
• Ave Dulcissima Maria
• Hei Mihi Domine
• O Vos Omnes

Tenebrae
• In I Nocturno, Responsorium 1: Omnes Amici Miei
• In I Nocturno, Responsorium 3: Vinea Mea Electa
• In II Nocturno, Responsorium 4: Tamquam Ad Latronem
• In II Nocturno, Responsorium 5: Tenebrae Factae Sunt

Listen to Gesualdo’s madrigals, motets and Tenebrae music 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!

Showing At

  1. Church of St Cyriac and St Julitta, Swaffham Prior
    25th Oct 2011 - 7:30 pm
  2. The Wren Library, Lincoln
    1st Nov 2011 - 7:30 pm
  3. Southernhay United Reformed Church, Exeter
    19th Nov 2011 - 4:00 pm
  4. Malvern Theatres
    24th Nov 2011 - 10:00 pm
  1. Church of St Cyriac and St Julitta, Swaffham Prior — 25th Oct 2011 - 7:30 pm

    High Street, Swaffham Prior, Cambridgeshire, CB25 0LD

  2. The Wren Library, Lincoln — 1st Nov 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Lincoln Cathedral, Minster Yard, Lincoln, LN2 1PX

  3. Southernhay United Reformed Church, Exeter — 19th Nov 2011 - 4:00 pm

    Dix's Field, Exeter, EX1 1QA

  4. Malvern Theatres — 24th Nov 2011 - 10:00 pm

    Malvern Theatres, Grange Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3HB

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.

Jake Arditti

Jake Arditti

Counter tenor

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

Counter tenor

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.

Anthony Gregory

Anthony Gregory

Tenor

Rising young tenor Anthony Gregory is a recipient of many awards and prizes including the Ian Fleming Award and the Lies Askonas Prize. He was a Jerwood Young Artist for 2010 at Glyndebourne and a trainee of the prestigious National Opera Studio in 2011-2012.

Last season he sang the title role of Lucio Silla (Classical Opera Company) and Edward Milfort Il cambiale matrimonio (Aix-en-Provence Festival Académie). Other engagements included Purcell The Fairy Queen (English Touring Opera); Schubert’s Rosamunde (BBC Philharmonic Orchestra); Bach St John Passion in Hereford Cathedral and the launch of a new recording of Chilcott’s Requiem in Wells Cathedral. In the 2012/13 season he makes ENO debut as Young Sailor Julietta and Don Ottavio Don Giovanni (cover). Other engagements include Ferrando Cosi Fan Tutte (English Touring Opera); Messiah at Cadogan Hall, Wells Cathedral and with Royal Scottish National Orchestra for his debut with the orchestra; a concert of Handel works with the Choir of Kings College Cambridge at the Royal Albert Hall; and a Christmas Concert at the Watford Coliseum.

Johnny Langridge

Johnny Langridge

Tenor

Johnny Langridge studied music at Cambridge University, where he was a Choral Scholar at Clare College and subsequently a Lay Clerk at St John’s College.

As a choral singer, Johnny has performed in many of the world’s major concert halls with ensembles including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Freiburger Barockorchester, His Majesty’s Sagbutts & Cornetts and The Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra. He has also recorded extensively for Chandos, Harmonia Mundi and NAXOS. His operatic roles have included both Snout and Flute in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shadwell Opera) and First Armed Man in Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Shadwell Opera). With a passion for contemporary music, he most recently appeared in the lead role of Bonesong, a newly-commissioned electro-acoustic opera by Kate Whitley (Opera Underground). As a concert artist, Johnny’s performances have included Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Bach’s Magnificat in St Martin-in-the-Fields, as well as many solo song recitals.

Johnny now sings as a Gentleman-in-Ordinary at Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, and is English Touring Opera’s Development Associate.

Nicholas Merryweather

Nicholas Merryweather

Tenor

Sheffield born, Nicholas Merryweather studied at the Musikhochschule in Cologne and on the opera course at GSMD. He was a recipient of the ETO Chris Ball Bursary in 2011 and the 2008 Glyndebourne Wessex Award. Nicholas’s operatic roles include Don Giovanni, Papageno The Magic Flute and Mozart’s Figaro (LFO); Don Polidoro The Italian Girl in London (Buxton Festival); Cassandro La Finta Semplice for Bampton Classical Opera; Blazes The Lighthouse, title role Fantastic Mr Fox, Marco Gianni Schicchi (ETO). Concert engagements include Bach with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Handel with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra and Hallé Orchestra.

Aidan Smith

Aidan Smith

Bass

Aidan studied at GSMD and RAM. He has worked for The Royal Opera, SO, Saltzburg Festival, Bregenez Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Garsington Opera, OHP, Longborough Festival Opera and Opera Project. He has recorded Tosca for ORF (featured in the James Bond film A Quantum of Solace); Acis and Galatea and Dido and Anaeas for BBC; Opus Arte and The Beggar’s Opera for Chandos. Future engagements include Jevons/ Ludd and Isis (Royal Opera); Van Bette/ Zar und Zimmerman (Opera South).

Showing At

  1. Church of St Cyriac and St Julitta, Swaffham Prior
    25th Oct 2011 - 7:30 pm
  2. The Wren Library, Lincoln
    1st Nov 2011 - 7:30 pm
  3. Southernhay United Reformed Church, Exeter
    19th Nov 2011 - 4:00 pm
  4. Malvern Theatres
    24th Nov 2011 - 10:00 pm

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