Monteverdi Ballets at Spitalfields Music Summer Festival
On Monday 17 June, following on the success of his critically acclaimed interpretation as Orfeo with both La Nuova Musica in 2012 and Silent Opera earlier this year, William Berger will be performing Monteverdi’s Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda at the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival. The performance will be combined with exciting modern dance, choreographed by Tony Adigun for Avant Garde Dance.
This is William’s first collaboration with the internationally acclaimed conductor Christian Curnyn and the Early Opera Company, who are Associate Artists at this year’s Spitalfields Music Summer Festival.
The centre piece of the concert, Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, has been described as the composer’s ‘greatest work’. It is a tour de force for the lead singer, employing some of Monteverdi’s most innovative and expressive vocal writing in a 20 minute solo marathon to vividly depict the bloodthirsty battle from Tasso’s epic romance La Gerusalemme Liberata . The composer himself described the musical challenge of writing this piece, saying that music had long been able to depict the emotions of love, but needed a new language in order to express the more agitated emotions of anger and the violence of war.
Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda tells the story of a Christian knight who falls in love with a Saracen maiden. They meet later in battle but in her armour, the Saracen maiden is not recognized by the knight, who mortally wounds her. The heart-stopping work combines aggression, love and redemption – the ideal backdrop for Tony Adigun’s mix of site-specific abstract dance.
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