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10 and 11 June 2016



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
London Sinfonietta     

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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