Sunday, May 04, 2003


Excellent news. Michael Tippett's complex and probing second opera 'King Priam' (1958-1961, recently revived in the Netherlands) makes its appearance at the BBC Proms on Sunday 20 July. It features David Wilson-Johnson (Priam); Elizabeth Connell (Hecuba/Athene); Susan Bickley (Andromache/Hera); Susan Parry (Helen/Aphrodite); Marcel Reijans (Paris); Martyn Hill (Achilles); Stephen Roberts (Patroclus); William Dazeley (Hector); Timothy Robinson (Hermes); Christine Rice (Nurse); Christopher Gillett (Young Guard); Stephen Richardson (Old Man); James Eager (Paris as a boy); the BBC Singers; the BBC National Orchestra of Wales; and David Atherton, conductor. This will be a semi-staged performance. Tickets here. See you there...

Tippett's 'Dance, Clarion, Air' (which featured last week on BBC Radio 3's Nightwaves) also makes an appearance, alongside Mark Antony Turnage's 'Momentum' and Britten's 'The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra' on 30 July, in a concert which will be attended by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

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