Sir Harrison Birtwistle The Corridor
Sir Harrison Birtwistle The Cure
This music theatre double bill begins with a ‘photographic blow-up’ of one of the most heartrending moments of classical mythology: the fatal instant when Orpheus, glancing back along the corridor to the Underworld, inadvertently condemns Eurydice to an eternity in Hell. Now, Birtwistle returns with The Corridor’s ‘second half’: the restorative tale of Ovid’s Medea, who uses her powers to give new life to her lover’s ageing father, Aeson: The Cure. With introspective narratives that are as austere and compelling as Birtwistle’s music, this intimate chamber opera pairing is theatre in close-up.
A two-night residency at Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ.
Geoffrey Paterson conductor
Finnegan Downie Dear assistant conductor
Elizabeth Atherton soprano
Mark Padmore tenor
Martin Duncan director
Marc Callahan assistant director
Alison Chitty set & costume designer
Paul Pyant lighting designer
Michael Popper choreographer
David Pritchard production manager
Ilaria Martello costume supervisor
Gemma Reeve wardrobe supervisor
Elizabeth Arklie wig supervisor
Laura Thatcher company stage manager
Ellie Williams deputy stage manager
Sonic Harrison production electrician & programmer
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