Ariane and Alexandre bis

Written by Bohuslav Martinů and performed by Guildhall School Opera singers

31 May 2016 - 6 June 2016 / 19:00
Silk Street Theatre, Guildhall School

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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.

Ariane (1958) 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.

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