|Benjamin Britten and friends, resolutely ignoring the "no sitting on bridges" rule.|
It's fun doing works in English, as I get used as the Authority on Pronunciation. This isn't always so easy. I've still got a bit of a Welsh accent which isn't what Britten would have written for. In the end, if there's any doubt, I find "What would Ian Bostridge do?" to be a useful rule of thumb.
The Frari's a challenging space for concerts. The sheer size of the space means there's always a risk that individual words will just get swallowed up. On the plus side, there's no denying that the acoustic generates a big, big sound; and the effect of having two separate ranks of female voices hidden away up in the organ galleries works well.
|Cantori Veneziani, in front of Titian's The Assumption|
The Birth of Nicolas
Nicolas devotes himself to God
He journeys to Palestine
Nicolas comes to Myra and is chosen Bishop
Nicolas from prison
Nicolas and the Pickled Boys
His piety and marvellous works
The Death of Nicolas