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Ildebrando Pizzetti – Assassinio nella cattedrale (Murder in the Cathedral)

Saturday March 28, 2020 at 19:30
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London
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  1. Assassinio nella cattedrale (Murder in the Cathedral) - Ildebrando Pizzetti

A rare opportunity to hear an English language concert performance of Pizzetti's opera based on TS Eliot’s play. It was first performed in 1958 at La Scala and has been frequently revived in Italy. The performance will be conducted by Martyn Brabbins with Sir John Tomlinson in the role of Archbishop Thomas Becket. The concert will also feature the Orchestra and Chorus of Chelsea Opera Group, and special guest ensembles the Pegasus Choir and the Epiphoni Consort.

Faith, politics, and power: these are the three weighty themes that lie at the heart of Assassinio nella cattedrale (Murder in the Cathedral). The year is 1170, and Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, has returned to his seat after seven years in exile in France. He continues to oppose King Henry II in his words and actions, and is assailed by temptations to silence himself, to give up his position, to fight, or to seek martyrdom. Banishing these demons, he delivers his Christmas Day sermon reflecting on birth, death, and martyrs, and in the final act defiantly faces the four murderous knights and their accusations of treachery.

Ildebrando Pizzetti’s operatic adaptation of the original TS Eliot play is more than equal to the drama of the story. The music is by turns mournful, desperate, solemn, thrilling and noble, creating a supremely moving account of the historical events. It is often performed in Italy, but rarely heard elsewhere, and this evening will be a unique opportunity to hear it in English. We are extremely fortunate to have the legendary British bass John Tomlinson with us to sing the iconic role of Becket, and to have the equally legendary conductor Martyn Brabbins at the helm.

Bruno Bower will be giving a pre-performance talk for ticket holders at 6.15 pm in the hall.

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre
South Bank
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