Peter Eötvös Angels in America (UK premiere) Mari Mezei libretto 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