As the climax of Andriessen: M is for Man, Music & Mystery, a performance of La Commedia: his huge, riotous reinvention of Dante.
Hell, Heaven, and a whole teeming world in between: Danteís Divine Comedy was the inspiration for Louis Andriessenís La Commedia, but Andriessen crams every scene of this opera with invention, anarchy and raw creative energy.
The story of La Commedia may be timeless, but Andriessen offers a startlingly new vision of everything he touches. Referencing everything from Bach to Hollywood by way of Stravinsky and electronics, this remains, unmistakably 'a rich, important achievement by one of Europe's greatest living composers' (The Guardian).
Programme & Performance
Louis Andriessen La Commedia (UK Premiere)
BBC Symphony Orchestra Martyn Brabbins conductor Kenneth Richardson director Claron McFadden soprano Cristina Zavalloni female voice Andrew Sauvageau male voice Synergy vocals Finchley Children's Music Groups