On Sunday 3rd November at 7-30, Brighton Early Music Festival presents ‘Breaking the Rules’, unique concert-drama exploring the world of Gesualdo and his music.
This concert-drama explores the strange world of Carlo Gesualdo and his extraordinary music. Close to his final moments, isolated in his castle at Gesualdo, Southern Italy, Carlo Gesualdo struggles to come to terms with his past. Can he exorcise the ghost of his first wife whom he killed along with her lover? His journey towards salvation or damnation takes us back to his childhood, his two difficult marriages, his obsession with retribution and purgatory and his moments of revelation in the musical hothouse of Ferrara.
Includes some of Gesualdo’s startling Tenebrae Responsories as well as madrigals by Gesualdo and Luzzaschi, performed by The Marian Consort, considered one of the most exciting young vocal ensembles on the early music scene.
The Marian Consort
Emma Walshe and Gwendolen Martin sopranos Rory McCleery countertenor and director
Nick Pritchard and George Pooley tenors Christopher Borrett bass
Jadran Duncumb theorbo
Celestial Sirens; Actor TBA; Script by Clare Norburn