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Purcell from the Ground Up

15-20 June

Henry and Harry / Potter and Purcell

Using the wonders of Harry Potteresque magic to move through time and space, we are transported to the epoch of Virgil’s Aeneid by way of the extraordinary sound world that flourished in late seventeenth-century England. En route we encounter the struggle between good and evil, and learn to cope with the difficulties of distinguishing between them, always aware that the conflict between light and dark is internal as well as external: that it takes place inside us as well as all around. Focused on the tragic herione, the story of Dido and Aeneas as told in Purcell’s opera, offers a profound insight into the heart of an exceptionally complex human being who is simply unable to deal with the conflicting pulls of the heart. As the chorus sings when Dido’s fate is sealed: ‘Great minds against themselves conspire / And shun the cure they most desire.’ Approaching Dido via Potter, we locate the operatic narrative in a familiar mythical context and so close the gap between the world of Purcell’s Dido and our own. Each tale sheds light on the other, and with a consequent redoubling of cathartic power, we return to the workaday world doubly refreshed.


Purcell Dido and Aeneas Z626
John Williams Harry Potter Film Music (arr. Michael Story)

Luciana Mancini mezzosoprano
Luciana Mancini
Luciana Mancini

Mezzosoprano Luciana Mancini was born in Sweden, but has Chilean roots. She received her bachelor degree in Classical Singing and Early Music Performance Practice from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in Holland, where she subsequently joined the Opera Studio. In 2009 she received her Master’s degree, writing a thesis on Italian monodies of the 1600s. Luciana åhas sung under conductors including René Jacobs, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Enrico Onofri, Pablo Heras-Casado, Neeme Järvi and Juanjo Mena; she has also collaborated with numerous ensembles, notably L’Arpeggiata, La Fenice, Lautten Compagney, Divino Sospiro, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, Ensemble Matthäus, and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, singing at venues including the Staatsoper Berlin, Theater an der Wien, Drottningholm Palace Theatre, Carnegie Hall, the Opera Comique and the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth. Luciana has worked with stage directors such as Benjamin Lazar, Sigrid T’Hooft, Pablo Maritano, Achim Freyer, and with the choreographer Sasha Waltz.

Olle Persson tenor
Olle Persson
Olle Persson

Hans Olle Persson, född 19 april 1958 i Norrköping, är en svensk opera- och konsertsångare (baryton). Han är uppvuxen i Norrköping och har vid en mängd tillfällen samarbetat med ensembler vid Linköpings universitet.

Olle Persson studerade vid Kungliga Musikhögskolan i Stockholm och har förutom diplomexamen i solosång även musiklärar- och sångpedagogexamen från nämnda högskola. Han är en framstående uttolkare av den romantiska tyska liedrepertoaren och har gjort många operaroller vid Folkoperan.

Förutom traditionella operaroller och ett flertal barytonpartier i oratorier och passioner har han framträtt i större partier i nykomponerade verk, exempelvis Nils Lindbergs Requiem (1993). Han är även flitig gäst i både radio och TV samt finns representerad på en rad skivinspelningar. Olle Persson är pedagogiskt verksam och ger regelbundet mästarkurser runt om i Norden.

Han spelar också fiol och uppträder ibland i folkmusiksammanhang tillsammans med Lena Willemark, som han är gift med sedan 1984. Hans bror Mats Persson (född 1955 ) är också operasångare (baryton) och tillhör Göteborgsoperans fasta ensemble.

Christoph Sommer theorb
Christoph Sommer
Christoph Sommer

Christoph Sommer, born in Lutherstadt Wittenberg (Germany), received his first musical education on the piano and the guitar. His great interest in Early Music soon awoke his fascination towards lute instruments and their repertoire. In 2012 he graduated at the "Koninklijk Conservatorium" in Den Haag with the masters degree of Early Music. During his studies with his teachers Nigel North, Mike Fentross, Joachim Held, Xavier Diaz-Latorre and Monica Pustilnik, he focused on the historical performance of renaissance- and baroque music on the archlute, renaissance lute, theorbo and the baroque guitar. Further lessons and courses with renowned artists like Hopkinson Smith, Eduardo Eguez, Christina Pluhar, Charles Toet, Fabio Bonizzoni, Peter van Heyghen and Sébastien Marq shaped his way of performing this particular repertoire. Past engagements include concerts with the Holland Baroque Society, the Staatsorchester Hamburg, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nord Nederlands Orkest, as well as the Elyma Ensemble under the direction of Gabriel Garrido. In 2008 he was selected for the Ambronay-Academy under the musical direction of Jean Tubery. In 2009 and 2012 he was part of the Young artist residency in Ambronay. He currently is engaged in a dance theatre production “Next Stop: Blue” of the Luxembourg Philharmonic under the choreography of Ela Baumann. His participation in several Early Music-ensembles made him giving concerts in Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Luxembourg, Denmark, France and Chile. Christoph Sommer is one of the founders and instrumentalist of the rising ensemble I Sospiranti, member of the Pera-Ensemble (Echo-Prize winner of 2012) and founding member of the continuo-ensemble Sopra il Basso.

Mark Tatlow harpsichord
Mark Tatlow
Mark Tatlow

The English-born conductor, pianist and harpsichordist Mark Tatlow was appointed Artistic Director of Drottningholms Slottsteater in 2006. Mark was educated at Rugby School, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, Goldsmiths College, London, the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio. Initially appointed to the music staffs of the Glyndebourne Festival and Kent Opera, Mark first came to Drottningholms Slottsteater in 1985. Over the past thirty years he has conducted many neglected baroque masterpieces as well as the standard operatic repertoire. His engagement with the education of young musicians has spanned his entire career, from pioneering the Education Project of Kent Opera in the 1980s to the University College of Opera, Stockholm, where in 2002 he was elected Professor of Musical Studies, becoming Dean in 2009. He was awarded the honorary medal of the Friends of Drottningholms Slottsteater in 1996, and the Wallenstam Prize in 2008.

O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra string orchestra
O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra
O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra
string orchestra

O/Modernt is always searching for new ways to encourage the next generation of young musicians. We are delighted to have established the O/Modernt New Generation, which we will be launching in Stockholm on the 12th November. The initiative includes a Stockholm-based youth orchestra which will provide opportunities for instrumentalists to perform in concert alongside members from the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra as well as world-class soloists. There will also be a series of international masterclasses, open rehearsals for young people and exchanges, with a focus on the UK throughout 2018. More information will follow about opportunities for young people to be involved in these wonderful activities.

VOCES8 artist

Touring extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia, VOCES8 performs a repertory from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary commissions and arrangements. In recent seasons VOCES8 has performed at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Bozar Brussels, Cité de la Musique Paris, Vienna Konzerthaus, Tokyo Opera City, National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing, the Shanghai Concert Hall and Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall. Artistic collaborations have included the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, period ensembles Florilegium and L’Arpeggiata, violinist Hugo Ticciati and pianist/composer Jonathan Dove. VOCES8 is a Decca Classics Artist and has released albums which have been at the top of the Classical Charts. VOCES8 is an Ambassador for Edition Peters with whom it publishes arrangements and educational material. The ensemble’s innovative education work has received praise from UNESCO and since 2005 has raised £1 million towards music education

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