Monteverdi: Marian Vespers
Gashouder, Amsterdam, 3rd June 2017
The “Nappy Madonna” by Bernardino Luini (circa 1481-1532)
A body lies in half-shadow, surrounded by an expectant gathering. Our Father is intoned in Gregorian chant. The solo voices bloom into a chorus with a joyful flourish of brass. Then, for close to two hours, a spellbinding ritual unfolds. This was not a wake for a Catholic notable, but Claudio Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespro della Beata Vergine…
Full review on Opera Today.
Andriessen: Theatre of the World
Royal Carré Theatre, 11th June 2016
Design for Sunflower Clock from Magnes, sive De Arte Magnetica by Athanasius Kircher (c. 1643)
“Abandon all hope of comprehension, ye who enter here”, to paraphrase Dante. The elliptical libretto of Theatre of the World, Louis Andriessen’s fifth full-length opera, directed by Pierre Audi, should come with this warning, though not Andriessen’s masterly score.
Full review on Bachtrack.