Music by Bohuslav Martinů
Ariane: Libretto by Bohuslav Martinů after Georges Neveux’ play Le voyage de Thésée
Alexandre bis: Libretto by André Wurmser
Timothy Redmond conductor
Rodula Gaitanou director
Simon Corder set & lighting designer
Cordelia Chisholm costume designer
Victoria Newlyn choreographer
An evening of delightfully surreal French opera from the Czech bilingual Francophile, Bohuslav Martinů.
is a short opera based on the myth of Theseus, Ariadne and the
Minotaur, which reflects Martinů’s great admiration for the celebrity
singer Maria Callas (pictured) in the virtuosic style of its title role.
Set in Paris, the earlier Alexandre bis (1937) was written when
the city was at the centre of Surrealism, a movement that considerably
influenced the composer and is reflected in the opera’s curious
subtitle, ‘The Tragedy of a Man who Had His Beard Cut’.
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We chat to singers Elizabeth Karani, Milan Siljanov and Josep-Ramon Olive about preparations for the opera.
Promoted by Guildhall School of Music & Drama