Birtwistle at 80: Yan Tan Tethera

A concert hall staging of the mythical opera

29 May 2014 / 19:30

£10-25 plus booking fee*

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Harrison Birtwistle Yan Tan Tethera

Concert hall staging

Britten Sinfonia
Baldur Brönnimann
John Lloyd Davies
Roderick Williams
Omar Ebrahim
Caleb / Raven
Claire Booth
Daniel Norman
Piper / Bad’un
Ben Knight and Benjamin Clegg Jack and Dick
Joe Gooding and Duncan Tarboton Davie and Rab
Britten Sinfonia Voices
Eamonn Dougan
director, Britten Sinfonia Voices
Text by Tony Harrison

In 1986 Harrison Birtwistle’s increasingly magnetic draw towards the theatrical saw him create Yan Tan Tethera, a mythical-cum-supernatural opera telling of shepherds counting their sheep and encountering not angels but the antichrist. Birtwistle’s characteristic combination of machine-like instrumental writing and vocal lyricism meet in a piece described by the composer as ‘a mechanical pastoral’. Heard just once in the UK since its London premiere, Yan Tan Tethera is seen and heard here in a concert hall staging presented by the Barbican and the Britten Sinfonia.

The four treble soloists performing the roles of Jack, Dick, Davie and Rab are pupils at Tiffin School, Kingston and are members of the Tiffin Boys' Choir.

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Part of Birtwistle at 80 2014
Part of Britten Sinfonia 2013–2014
Part of Barbican Presents 2013–2014
Part of All classical music events - 2013–2014 season

Produced by the Barbican and Britten Sinfonia


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