Artistic director Kenneth Zammit Tabona carefully selected a painting for the cover of each of the programme brochures, matching the theme of the concert. These brochures are really becoming collector's items!
Programme cover for 'Venus & Adonis by Johann Christoph Pepusch' by The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen.
Painting: 'Venus and Adonis', 1614, by Pieter Paul Rubens (1577-1640).
The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen brought a playful 'Venus and Adonis' by Johann Christoph Pepusch today at the Malta Maritime Museum.
32220 January, 2019
a few notes:
definitely not my best performance, but also not my best instrument
i always psych myself out when performing and flub notes
i need a better microphone
and holy unstable tempo, batman!
that’s all!! —
The Beggar's Opera is a ballad opera in three acts written in 1728 by John Gay with music arranged by Johann Christoph Pepusch. It is one of the watershed plays in Augustan drama and is the only example of the once thriving genre of satirical ballad opera to remain popular today. Ballad operas were satiric musical plays that used some of the conventions of opera, but without recitative. The lyrics of the airs in the piece are set to popular broadsheet ballads, opera arias, church hymns and folk tunes of the time.
Johann Christoph Pepusch’s English-language masque in two interludes Venus and Adonispremiered at London’s Theatre Royalin Drury Laneon 12 March 1715. The libretto is by Colley Cibber after Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Inspired by the operas of composers like Giovanni Battista Bononcini and Alessandro Scarlatti, it was the most substantial effort of the period to 'reconcile Musick to the English Tongue.’ The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen performs Johann Christoph Pepusch’s "Venus & Adonis” on 20 January 2019 at the Malta Maritime Museum in Birgu.
More information and tickets: vallettabaroquefestival.com.mt (link in the bio)
The Times Edinburgh Festival Classical Choice - Look out for the festival’s treats, from epic Mahler and a magical Cenerentola to The Beggar’s Opera.
Perhaps the most intriguing operatic event of the festival is not an opera at all, despite its name: The Beggar’s Opera, with words by John Gay (adapted for Robert Carsen and Ian Burton’s contemporary staging) and music by Johann Christoph Pepusch, comes from Peter Brook’s famous Bouffes du Nord, in Paris: the company is resident in Edinburgh, presenting two spoken-theatre shows, by the nonagenarian Brook himself and Katie Mitchell. I saw The Beggar’s Opera there in April. This is music theatre rather than opera, and Carsen and his musical collaborator, William Christie, have opted, in the main, for actors who can sing, rather than singers who can act, with exhilarating results in the dance sequences.
Swarming with highwaymen, thieves, jailors, pimps and prostitutes, John Gay’s savagely satirical and wildly entertaining ‘ballad opera’ invites you into a world of greed, crime, poverty, inequality – and outrageous comedy. Where politicians and officials are just as corrupt as the lowlife below them. And where, if you want to get ahead, all you can do is join them.
Devious gangmaster Peachum is a scammer: he shops criminals to the law, while pocketing the proceeds of their crimes himself. When he discovers that his daughter Polly has secretly married notorious highwayman Macheath, Peachum conspires with his prostitute wife to have Macheath hanged – and make off with his ill-gotten money himself. But they reckoned without Lucy Lockit, daughter of Newgate Prison’s corrupt jailor – herself jilted by Macheath and out for revenge.
This brand new production from Paris’s Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, resident company at the 2018 International Festival, has been created by two commanding figures across international stages.
Director Robert Carsen has worked in many of the world’s most prestigious opera houses and theatres. The production’s original music direction is by William Christie, a pioneering figure in early music and founder of virtuosic Baroque ensemble Les Arts Florissants.