BBC Symphony Orchestra / Robertson

Angels in America

26 March 2010 / 19:30

Ł9 / 13 / 17 / 22.50 / 28

subject to availability
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Peter Eötvös Angels in America (UK premiere)

Mari Mezei
Based on the play by Tony Kushner

BBC Symphony Orchestra

David Robertson conductor
David Adam Moore Prior Walter
Scott Scully Louis Ironson
Omar Ebrahim Joseph Pitt
Brian Asawa Mr Lies
Janice Hall Hannah
Kelly Anderson Roy Cohn
Julia Migenes Harper Pitt
Ava Pine Angel

Sadly Roberta Alexander is unable to perform in Angels in America. We are very grateful to Janice Hall who will step in to play the role of Hannah.

Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös brings a new, operatic take on Tony Kushner’s searing Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America.

The subject is America’s late 20th-century nightmare: AIDS. Its admission, its concealment, its destructive power is told through a web of dreams and memories which is touched by reality as the lives of two troubled New York couples – Louis Ironson and his lover Prior Walter, and Mormon lawyer Joe Pitt and his wife Harper – become intertwined.

The focus is on passionate relationships and dramatic suspense which are encapsulated by Eötvös’s wry, dramatic music which brings tenderness and pain through contrasted short scenes of gentle parlando, operatic declamation and American mimicry. Eötvös, has created a vibrant, urban sound-world of breath-taking instrumental effects and powerful vocal lines.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra is renowned for their skill at performing contemporary music, and Eötvös himself once held the post of its principal guest conductor. David Robertson conducts this UK premiere of Angels in America.

Concert performance
Part of Present Voices

'Truly theatrical music that advances the text rather than calling attention to itself.' The New York Times

‘Robertson is at the top of the ranks of a generation of American conductors.’ The New York Times

Part of BBC Symphony Orchestra 2009 - 2010
Part of Present Voices
Part of Great Performers 2009 - 2010

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