15th June / timings: various / Buxton
Mahogany Opera will celebrate Benjamin Brittenâ€™s centenary in 2013 by presenting fully staged productions of each of his three Church Parables â€“ Curlew River, option navigator The Burning Fiery Furnace and The Prodigal Son â€“ in Russia (St Petersburg), capitale gratuito trading online Suffolk (Orford), London and the Buxton Festival in June/July 2013.
The Parables will be performed as a triptych over two evenings; Curlew River on the opening evening, The Prodigal Son in the late afternoon of the next day, culminating in The Burning Fiery Furnace in the later evening. The Parables have never been performed in this way, and will take the audience on a profound journey through these intense and powerful works.
Each performance space on the tour has a particular resonance with the provenance of the works, offering an atmospheric performance with a uniquely historical association.
Orford Church, Suffolk, where the Parables were first performed in the 1960s. These performances in 2013 will be part of The Aldeburgh Festival, 16-19 June 2013. They will be recorded for broadcast by BBC R3 on the actual centenary of Brittenâ€™s birth, 22 November 2013.
The performances are an extension of Mahogany Operaâ€™s acclaimed production of Curlew River which toured to churches in East Anglia and Southwark Cathedral in 2006:
â€˜This is Mahogany Operaâ€™s third production since their inception in 2003, and there is every reason to expect great things from them in the future when, like Curlew River, the production is so assured and compellingâ€¦Director/producer Frederic Wake-Walker has pulled off quite a coup.â€™ Opera Now on Curlew River 2006
Mahogany Opera has assembled an exciting group of artists, all great exponents of Brittenâ€™s work â€“ Frederic Wake-Walker who has directed a number of works by Britten and sang in three Britten operas as a treble; James Gilchrist who takes on the main tenor roles in each of the Parables; and Roger Vignoles who will lead from the chamber organ with members of Aurora Orchestra.
James Gilchrist, Lukas Jakobski, Rodney Earl Clarke, John McMunn, Samuel Evans
Director Frederic Wake-Walker
Musical Director Roger Vignoles
with Aurora Orchestra
4 June the Hermitage Theatre, St Petersburg (The Prodigal Son)
5-8 June St Ekaterinaâ€™s, St Petersburg
16-19 June Orford Church, Aldeburgh Festival
3-6 July Southwark Cathedral, City of London Festival
14-15 July St John the Baptist Church, Buxton