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February 2018

Venus & Adonis – Krakow

February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Juliusz Słowacki Theatre, plac Świętego Ducha 1 Kraków 31-023 Poland
zł60 - zł90

John Blow’s Venus & Adonis is often considered the first opera in English. Combining elements of Ovid, Shakespeare and the influences of 17th-century French opera, it creates a powerful dramatic retelling of a tale that charts the extreme states of love and grief when beautiful Adonis is gored to death by a boar. The programme also includes except's from Purcell's semi-opera The Fairy Queen, itself an adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, that conjures a world of gods and goddesses,…

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March 2018

Bach’s Matthew Passion

March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Queen’s Hall, 85 - 89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom
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£12 - £25

Known even in Bach’s time as his ‘great’ Passion, the Matthew Passion lays out the narrative of Christ’s suffering and death in epic proportions: double chorus, double orchestra, and in music of staggering beauty and profundity. It unfolds with intractable dramatic momentum, as well as presenting a succession of tableaux that invite the listener to contemplate the many resonances of this journey. However, the work also suggests a more fundamental question: how, even in the depths of despair and subjected…

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Bach’s Matthew Passion – Wigmore Hall Residency

March 25 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore St
London, W1H 0BP United Kingdom
£15 - £50

Known even in Bach’s time as his ‘great’ Passion, the Matthew Passion lays out the narrative of Christ’s suffering and death in epic proportions: double chorus, double orchestra, and in music of staggering beauty and profundity. It unfolds with intractable dramatic momentum, as well as presenting a succession of tableaux that invite the listener to contemplate the many resonances of this journey. However, the work also suggests a more fundamental question: how, even in the depths of despair and subjected…

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Handel’s Messiah (London version 1743) – Krakow

March 26 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
St Katherine of Alexandria Church, ul. Augustianska 7
Krakow, Krakow 31-064 Poland
zł35 - zł80

Following their groundbreaking reconstruction of the 1742 Dublin version of Handel's Messiah, John Butt and the Dunedin Consort revisit the version performed in London the following year, a more elaborate affair for which Handel had an unusually large group of vocal soloists. This performance marks the opening of the 2018 Misteria Paschalia Festival, which this year has a focus on music from the British Isles.

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April 2018

Handel’s Samson – Krakow

April 1 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
ICE Krakow, Marii Konopnickiej 17
Kraków, 30-302 Poland
zł21 - zł70

Handel's oratorio Samson tells of the last days of the great Israelite warrior, in a dramatic story of his journey from darkness to heavenly light. Opening with Samson in chains, having lost his strength and been blinded by the Philistines, it closes with one of Handel's most famous arias, 'Let the bright Seraphim in burning row / their loud, uplifted angel-trumpets blow'. Composed within a few weeks of Handel's Messiah and based on a text by John Milton, it became…

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Handel’s Ode for St Cecilia’s Day – Krakow

April 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
ICE Krakow, Marii Konopnickiej 17
Kraków, 30-302 Poland
zł21 - zł90

Dunedin Consort close the 2018 Misteria Paschalia Festival with tenor Ian Bostridge in a performance of Handel's Ode for St Cecilia's Day, a rich and colourful tribute to music's patron saint.

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Vivaldi’s La Favorita

April 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom
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£12 - £15

From his mid-twenties, Antonio Vivaldi was employed as a violin teacher at the Ospedale della Pietá in Venice. Although officially an orphanage, the Ospedale was in reality a home for illegitimate daughters of Venetian noblemen, and was a generously endowed school and residence with one of the finest orchestras in the city. The ‘Red Priest’ wrote several concertos for his preferred student there (La Favorita), and these display wonderfully florid invention and virtuosic pyrotechnics. This is a rare opportunity to…

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Vivaldi’s La Favorita

April 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Universal Hall, The Park
Findhorn, Forres IV36 3TZ United Kingdom
£10 - £14

From his mid-twenties, Antonio Vivaldi was employed as a violin teacher at the Ospedale della Pietá in Venice. Although officially an orphanage, the Ospedale was in reality a home for illegitimate daughters of Venetian noblemen, and was a generously endowed school and residence with one of the finest orchestras in the city. The ‘Red Priest’ wrote several concertos for his preferred student there (La Favorita), and these display wonderfully florid invention and virtuosic pyrotechnics. This is a rare opportunity to…

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Vivaldi’s La Favorita

April 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Queen’s Hall, 85 - 89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom
£12 - £25

From his mid-twenties, Antonio Vivaldi was employed as a violin teacher at the Ospedale della Pietá in Venice. Although officially an orphanage, the Ospedale was in reality a home for illegitimate daughters of Venetian noblemen, and was a generously endowed school and residence with one of the finest orchestras in the city. The ‘Red Priest’ wrote several concertos for his preferred student there (La Favorita), and these display wonderfully florid invention and virtuosic pyrotechnics. This is a rare opportunity to…

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May 2018

Handel’s Samson – Handel-Festspiele

May 27 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Konzerthalle Ulrichkirche, Christian-Wolff-Straße 2
Halle (Saale), 06108 Germany
€25 - €50

Handel's oratorio Samson tells of the last days of the great Israelite warrior, in a dramatic story of his journey from darkness to heavenly light. Opening with Samson in chains, having lost his strength and been blinded by the Philistines, it closes with one of Handel's most famous arias, 'Let the bright Seraphim in burning row / their loud, uplifted angel-trumpets blow'. Composed within a few weeks of Handel's Messiah and based on a text by John Milton, it became…

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