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Concert version

13.02 19.00

Venus and Adonis

Juliusz Slowacki Theatre , Plac Świętego Ducha 1

Mhairi Lawson – soprano
Edward Grint – bass
Dunedin Consort – ensemble
John Butt – conductor

100 minutes (with intermission)

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Concert version

The first English opera – a work of excellence, a perfect supplementation to the above proposals in view of its inspirations by Lully’s opera music. Its libretto is based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses. It is a love story of Venus, who has been hit by Cupid’s arrow and falls in love with the hunter Adonis. This love story ends up tragically, in love duets and lamentation, when Adonis dies in the arms of the goddess. A concise work, interwoven with dance suites is an excellent, lyrical example of the English court culture.

The work will be performed by the renowned Dunedin Consort, conducted by John Butt at the harpsichord. It will give us a foretaste of the 15th Misteria Paschalia Festival, at which the Scottish conductor will be in charge of the artistic programme.


Programme:

HENRY PURCELL - THE FAIRY QUEEN

Prelude
Hornpipe
See even night herself is here
Dance for the followers of the night
Hush, no more
Symphony while the Swans come forward
If Love’s a Sweet Passion
Dance for the Fairies
Ye gentle spirits of the air
Air (Spring)
Dance for the Haymakers (Summer)
Hornpipe (Summer)
Now Winter comes slowly
Act V Prelude
Thrice Happy
The Plaint
See I Obey
They shall be as happy
Chaconne: Dance for a Chinese man and Woman

*****

JOHN BLOW – VENUS & ADONIS