Louis Andriessen: La Commedia

12 February 2016 / 19:30

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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

Part of Andriessen: M is for Man, Music & Mystery
Part of BBC Symphony Orchestra 2015 - 16 Multibuy

Promoted by the Barbican and BBC symphony Orchestra

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