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.
Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure. — Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
As violinist, leader and conductor, Hugo Ticciati imbibes all possible forms of creativity, whether it be performing world premieres in the most prestigious venues around the world, improvising with monks in India, or devising innovative programmes for O/Modernt Orchestra and Festival which he founded in 2011. Alongside his passion to discover and learn from the music of previous epochs and non-western traditions, Hugo embraces the world of contemporary music. To date, over forty works have been written for and dedicated to him by a host of eminent composers, including Erkki-Sven Tüür, Pēteris Vasks, Victoria Borisova-Ollas, Albert Schnelzer and Dobrinka Tabakova.
As the Artistic Director of his own O/Modernt Orchestra, and Artistic Partner with Manchester Camerata, Hugo collaborates regularly with Kremerata Baltica, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra da Camera di Perugia. Most recently, he has been invited to work with Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and Vienna Chamber Orchestra.
Gaining a growing reputation for his innovative and adventurous programming, Hugo is frequently asked to devise and present concerts and festivals with a unique twist. This has led to ongoing collaborations with Wigmore Hall and Kings Place in London. Pursuing his passion for chamber music, Hugo has developed special artistic partnerships with members of the O/Modernt Soloists as well as other internationally renowned artists, notably Evelyn Glennie, Anne Sofie von Otter, Nils Landgren, Steven Isserlis, Angela Hewitt and Olli Mustonen.
Hugo frequently gives master-classes and lectures on music-related subjects both at Scandinavia’s leading specialist music school Lilla Akademien, where he holds the post of Deputy Artistic Director, and other educational institutions around the world.
John Williams Selections from Harry Potter film music (arr. Michael Story)
Henry Purcell Fantasia upon One Note Z 745
Erkki-Sven Tüür Action – Passion
György Ligeti Passacaglia ungherese
Sting Shape of My Heart
Muse ‘Redemption’ from Symphony Exogenesis