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Description

Icarus is the third collaboration between David Blake and Keith Warner: an opera lasting 90 minutes without interval, for five principal singers and six Witnesses, who sing as commentators, crowd and chorus, and sixteen instrumentalists.

The action takes place in the present and concerns a journalist (mezzo) in a war-torn land, who is writing an article about a hostage (tenor)-her ex-husband, held in captivity by two men (baritone and bass). "Icarus" is a huge sculpture by the journalist's partner (mezzo) and is a metaphor for the idealistic political striving of Man One. The hostage proves to be not an innocent victim but a British agent.

The story ends badly.

The first performances are on the 15th and 16th of July as the opening of the 41st Cantiere di Montepulciano, Tuscany. The conductor is Roland Boer, director Michael Barry with Verena Gunz in the leading role.

Details

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Duration
1 hours 30 minutes
Libretto/text
Keith Warner
Premiere
RNCM Chamber Ensemble cond. Roland Böer, 41st Cantiere di Montepulciano, Italy, 15th July 2016
Scoring
1 Soprano, 2 Mezzo Soprano, 2 Contralto, 2 Tenor, 2 Baritone, 2 Bass, 1 Flute (=piccolo=alto flute), 1 Oboe (=Cor anglais), 1 B-flat Clarinet, 1 Bass Clarinet (=B-flat Clarinet), 1 Bassoon (=Contrabassoon), 1 Horn in F, 1 Trumpet in B-flat, 1 Trombone, 2 Percussion, 1 Piano, 1 Orchestral Strings
Composition date
2015

Performances

16 July 2016

41st Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte di Montepulciano, Tuscany

Verena Gunz, Elisabeth Jansson, Richard Berkeley-Steele, Elliot Carlton Hines, Keel Watson, Katharine Crompton, Hollie-Anne Bangham, Rebecca Barry, David Thomas, Philipp Smith, Florian Plock, RNCM Chamber Ensemble conducted by Roland Böer, director Michael Barry

15 July 2016

41st Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte di Montepulciano, Tuscany

Verena Gunz, Elisabeth Jansson, Richard Berkeley-Steele, Elliot Carlton Hines, Keel Watson, Katharine Crompton, Hollie-Anne Bangham, Rebecca Barry, David Thomas, Philipp Smith, Florian Plock, RNCM Chamber Ensemble conducted by Roland Böer, director Michael Barry