Countertenors Nicholas Burns and Shane Hanson are joined by Harpsichordist Christophe Gautheir in this new satirical opera featuring songs of Henry Purcell. The musicians have arranged the songs in dialogue with each other such that they follow the story of fictional rivals. Rivals (played by countertenors Shane Hanson and Nicholas Burns) are college dorm-mates who are both attempting to woo the same girl, a classmate from their university. The songs serve as ‘arias’ on the unfolding drama. Christophe Gauthier will narrate this evening of debauchery, longing, loss, and of course, love.
This programme capitalizes on the dramatic nature of song in Purcell’s era, but in an updated, contemporary context. Today, Purcell’s music suffers from a ‘crisis of context’. Frequently humourful, often ridiculous, many of Purcell’s songs are from larger lost works of theatre. The programme will provide a modern, and often quite silly, context for these songs to be ‘re-admired’. The programme will feature both well-known and lesser known works (like one of Purcell’s humorous rounds), including repertoire that was never intended for a countertenor to sing, such as Dido’s Lament.
Saturday, June 22, 7:00 pm
All Saints by-the-Sea Anglican Church
110 Park Drive, Salt Spring Island
Nicholas Burns, countertenor
Shane Hanson, countertenor
Christophe Gautier, harpsichord
All songs by Henry Purcell
- Hark! How the Songsters duet
- Here the Deities Approve
- I’ll Sail Upon the Dog Star
- In Vain the Amerous Flute duet
- Sing, Sing ye Druids duet
- Strike the Viol
- When I’m Laid in Earth transposed for countertenor
- ‘Tis Women Make Us Love round
- Harpsichord solo TBD
- Music for a While
- Man is for the Woman Made arranged for two countertenors
- Sweeter than Roses
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