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Emerging Artist double bill

Spell Book & La liberazione di Ruggiero

FREYA WALEY-COHEN

Spell Book

Text by Rebecca Tamás

FRANCESCA CACCINI

La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina

(The liberation of Ruggiero from the island of Alcina)


A double bill exploring love, freedom and magic from Longborough’s Emerging Artists – a programme that gives a vital opportunity to singers at the beginning of their careers. Featuring CHROMA Ensemble.

Freya Waley-Cohen’s contemporary dramatic song cycle Spell Book is inspired by the composer’s encounter with Rebecca Tamás’ collection of poems, WITCH. Spell Book will be seen at Longborough in its first complete staging, performed by members of the Emerging Artists ensemble.

Francesca Caccini’s La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina (The liberation of Ruggiero from the island of Alcina) is the earliest surviving opera by a female composer: the story of Ruggiero’s betrayal and escape from the sorceress Alcina. La liberazione di Ruggiero will be performed in a new arrangement by conductor Yshani Perinpanayagam.

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CHROMA ENSEMBLE

Our double bill will feature CHROMA Ensemble: founded by Artistic Director Stuart King in 1997, CHROMA is a flexible chamber ensemble engaged in new music and revisiting classic repertoire in fresh and exciting contexts; mentoring the next generation of composers, and involving people in compelling, inspirational experiences, both as audiences and creators.

Spell Book is performed by arrangement with Faber Music, London on behalf of Birdsong Music. Music by Freya Waley-Cohen; text by Rebecca Tamás.

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