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London Festival Of Baroque Music 2018: La Nuova Musica at St John's Smith Square

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David Bates director Iestyn Davies MBE orfeo, countertenor Sophie Bevan euridice, soprano Rebecca Bottone amore, soprano Christoph Willibald Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice (Vienna Version from 1762) Briefly, the festival steps away from France to revisit the edge of the Baroque, welcoming the return of Iestyn Davies MBE in the title role of Gluck's Orfeo with La Nuova Musica under the direction of David Bates. Gluck strips away the artifice of the Baroque in his first setting of the myth of Orfeo, resulting in a deeply moving and intense opera, where direct communication of the text and beauty of sound rules. Joining Iestyn Davies are Sophie Bevan, who will assume the tragic role of Euridice, and soprano, Rebecca Bottone, who plays the fiendish Amore. La Nuova Musica will shine thanks to moments of virtuosity in Gluck's beautiful orchestrations, and the choir, in true Greek form, will propel the action forward, playing at once the chorus of nymphs, shepherds, furies and ghosts of the Underworld.

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St John's Smith Square

Smith Square
+44 (0)20 7222 1061

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