PHILIPPA MO @ THE CURTAIN, AN IMMERSIVE LIVE MUSIC EXPERIENCE
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PHILIPPA MO @ THE CURTAIN AUTUMN SEASON
GUEST ARTIST William Towers, countertenor WITH PHILIPPA MO, VIOLIN
This wonderful programme explores a wide range of music from Purcell, Hildegarde von Bingen, Tartini, Holst through Three Shakespeare Songs and music to bring in Christmas too as only a superstar operatic countertenor, with perhaps a few extra instruments, and virtuoso violinist can! .... We have had a seriously fantastic time putting this together and hope you will enjoy too!
William Towers, Countertenor
superbly, with power, dramatic confidence, ardour and sensitivity"
Stephen Pettitt, Opera Magazine
William Towers read English at Cambridge University and was a postgraduate scholar at the Royal Academy of Music. He appeared extensively as a soloist in Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach Cantata Pilgrimage and his performances in the complete Bach series have been issued on CD.
His opera engagements have included lead roles at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro La Fenice Venice, Teatro Petruzzelli Bari, Teatro Municipale Valli Reggio Emilia, Staatsoper Hanover, for the Royal Opera at the Linbury, and for the Aldeburgh Festival, La Monnaie Brussels, Luxembourg Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Prague State Opera, Aldeburgh Festival, Oper Frankfurt and the Bregenz Festival, Teatro Real Madrid and Frankfurt, the Goettingen Festival, at the Drottningholm Theatre and with the Philharmonia Baroque in San Francisco, Gothenburg Opera, the Bolshoi Moscow, Ottone (Handel Agrippina), the Casa da Musica Porto, Monte-Carlo, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the London Handel Festival and Grange Park Opera.
Equally at home in contemporary work William’s roles include 5th Innocent in Harrison Birtwistle’s Minotaur for the Royal Opera Covent Garden, John Adams's The Gospel According to the Other Mary for Theater Bonn, The Guest in the UK premiere of Salvatore Sciarrino’s Luci mie traditrici, Bishop Baldwyn in Birtwistle’s Gawain, Der Leiermann in Benedict Mason’s Playing Away, Lance in the world premiere of Paul Frehner’s Sirius on Earth and Little James in Birtwistle’s The Last Supper.
His oratorio and recital schedule has featured appearances in many major venues and festivals in the UK and abroad, including the Wigmore Hall, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Barbican Hall, Royal Albert Hall, the Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg, Konzerthaus Vienna, National Auditorium Madrid, Three Choirs Festival, Ravenna Festival, Flanders Early Music Festival, the Festivale de Musique Ancienne de Lyon and La Chaise Dieu. Recent concert performances include Handel’s Solomon in Estonia and Latvia, Handel’s Belshazzar with Nicholas McGegan in San Francisco, Handel’s Messiah in Dresden with the MDR and with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Laurence Cummings, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Lars Vogt, Bach’s St John Passion with the BBCNOW and John Butt, and the premiere of Harrison Birtwistle’s Angel Fighter in the Leipzig Bach Festival.
Recent highlights include Death in Venice for Staatstheater Stuttgart, the title role in Radamisto for English Touring Opera, Bach’s Mass in B minor with Jonathan Cohen, the Britten Canticles at Fundación Juan March, Madrid with Roger Vignoles, and Bach’s Easter Oratorio with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. In great demand across Europe and beyond, William Towers has just completed an autumn tour with Glyndebourne Festival Opera in Rinaldo and will be going on to debut as the Refugee in Jonathan Dove's Flight for Pacific Opera Victoria, Canada.
Together with Philippa Mo, violin, William brings the 2019 Philippa Mo @ The Curtain series to a close.
They explore works by the 12th century mystic and visionary Hildegard von Bingen, a set of English Folk Songs and more folk song by Berio as well as works by Russian born Elena Langer and a selection of early Carols to bring in Christmas. It will be a stunning showcase of Will's voice and more.. Expect some surprises!
|Philippa Mo @ The Curtain||19:30 - 22:00||£20.00|
The Curtain, 45 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3PT
Shoreditch High Street (Rail)
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