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On Saturday 31 October 2020, we held our first Gothic Festival. It featured evocative works by 28 composers, which were performed by 17 singers, all brought together in 3 carefully curated and stylish gala concerts in the gardens of St Paul’s, Covent Garden (the Actors' Church). You can now watch the concerts online here.

 

Just as the guests did on the day, you'll hear each piece introduced by expert compere, Karl Lutchmayer, and you'll hear the Gothic Opera co-founders speak about their aims and ambitions for the company. You'll journey through a selection of spooky operatic repertoire, some of which was receiving its first performance since the nineteenth century.

 

Videography by Aydan Wilder. For full programme notes, click here.

Concert 1: Hexenlied

PURCELL, Dido and Aeneas : Wayward sisters... Harm’s our delight    

MEYERBEER, Robert le Diable : Nonnes qui reposez    

STRAUSS, Ophelia Lieder : Wie erkenn ich mein treulieb

BRITTEN, On this Island : Now the leaves are falling fast   

MASSENET, Grisélidis : duo Le Diable / Grisélidis   

MENOTTI, The Medium : The Black Swan 

OFFENBACH, Barbe-Bleue : duo Barbe-Bleue / Boulotte   

RAMEAU, Dardanus : Monstre affreux  

GOUNOD, La Nonne sanglante : Rodolphe’s aria   

VERDI, Non t’accostare all’urna   

VERDI, Un Ballo in maschera : Re dell’ abisso   

CLARKE, The Seal Man  

MENDELSSOHN, Hexenlied   

Pianists: Panaretos Kyriatzidis and Elspeth Wilkes

Rozanna Madylus & Tutti

Andrew Tipple

Katherine MacRae

Lucy Elston

Alice Usher & Simon Wilding

Katherine MacRae

Charlotte Osborn & Matthew Clark

Richard Moore

Jack Roberts

Béatrice de Larragoïti

Gráinne Gillis

Rozanna Madylus

Alice Usher

Concert 2: Danse macabre

GOUNOD, Faust : Le Veau d’or 

PLANQUETTE, Rip van Winkle : légende des Katskills 

GOUNOD, La Nonne sanglante : Luddorf’s aria 

SERPETTE, Le Carnet du diable : duo Belphégor / Sataniella

TURINA, Canto a Sevilla : El Fantasma 

STRAVINSKY, The Rake’s Progress : Come Master, Observe the Host of Mankind 

SCHUBERT, Erlkönig 

CLAPISSON, Les Mystères d’Udolphe : Ô vision épouvantable 

MESSIAEN, Poèmes pour Mi : Epouvante

MENOTTI, The Medium : Afraid, am I afraid?

[please note, a 20-sec section is missing from the Menotti for technical reasons]

POLDOWSKI, Nocturne des cantilènes

SAINT-SAËNS, Danse macabre

Pianists: Panaretos Kyriatzidis and Elspeth Wilkes

Simon Wilding

Charlotte Osborn & Phil Wilcox

Sam Young

Lucy Elston & Matthew Clark

Milena Knauß

Andrew Tipple

Richard Moore

Jack Roberts, Lucy Elston, Milena Knauß

Alice Usher

Gráinne Gillis

Mae Heydorn

Phil Wilcox

Sam Young

Alexandra Long

Alice Usher

Katherine MacRae

Mae Heydorn

Charlotte Osborn 

Milena Knauß

Alexandra Long

Rozanna Madylus & Tutti

Béatrice de Larragoïti 

TCHAIKOVSKY, Pique Dame : Tomski’s aria 

BERLIOZ, La Damnation de Faust : Chanson gothique 

BOITO, Mefistofele : L’altra notte in fondo al mare 

KELLY, Bluebeard or Female curiosity : When pensive I thought of my love

BRITTEN, Turn of the Screw : Mrs Grose’s aria 

PLANQUETTE, Rip van Winkle : Now the twilight 

MASCAGNI, Guglielmo Ratcliff : D’indole dolce e mansueta 

VERDI, Cupo è il sepolcro e mutolo 

GLUCK, Orphée et Eurydice : Chorus / Amour, viens rendre à mon âme  

DONIZETTI, Maria de Rudenz : Sì, del chiostro penitente 

Pianists: Panaretos Kyriatzidis and Elspeth Wilkes

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