Dido and Aeneas | Festival Voices at Latitude and Wilderness Festivals
Jul
15
Aug 4

Dido and Aeneas | Festival Voices at Latitude and Wilderness Festivals

Oskar sings the role of Aeneas as Festival Voices collaborate with DJ/music producer Nico Bentley and the Pencil Collective to present Dido and Aeneas in a reimagined version, mixing Purcell’s iconic score with an injection of bespoke electronic dance music.

This brand new version of one of opera’s most famous works blurs the lines between classical and contemporary performance in exhilarating fashion. Featuring a live baroque ensemble, eleven vocalists and a dose of playfulness, this cross-genre collaboration challenges conventions and inspires the imagination.

July 15th - Latitude Festival
August 4th - Wilderness Festival

Une Education Manquee | Pop-Up Opera at Holt Festival and Grimeborn
Jul
29
Aug 2

Une Education Manquee | Pop-Up Opera at Holt Festival and Grimeborn

Oskar reprises the role of Pausanias in Emmanuel Chabrier’s rarely-performed Une Education Manquée at Holt Festival 2017 (6pm July 29th) and Grimeborn (7.30pm August 2nd).

Set in the time of Louis XVI, Une Education Manquée is the tale of two very young aristocrats who have just been married but are totally innocent of the facts of life: the tutor to whom the young Count turns for advice has spent his whole life out of the world amid books and is equally ignorant. It is only when the disappointed bride, frightened by a thunderstorm, seeks refuge in her husband’s arms that the ‘problem’ solves itself.

Music direction by William Cole, musical director of mixed-genre club night Filthy Lucre, and stage direction by Isabelle Kettle.

Pausanias - Oskar McCarthy
Gontran - Susanna Fairbairn
Helene - Christine Buras

Director -  IsabelleKettle
Musical Director - William Cole
Stage Manager - Anna Bilson
Production Manager/projection designer - Stephen Harrison
Co-producer - Fiona Johnston

Musikfest Stuttgart | JSB Ensemble
Aug
21
Sep 7

Musikfest Stuttgart | JSB Ensemble

Oskar performs a programme of Bach oratorio and cantatas with the JSB Ensemble, resident ensemble of the 2017 Stuttgart Musikfest.

31/08/2017 Opening concert of the 2017 Musikfest Stuttgart

Bach St John Passion BWV 245 (2nd version)

(Conductor: Hans-Christoph Rademann)

04/09/2017 Workshop concert

Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben BWV 147

plus excerpts from the choir and orchestral concert programmes

06/09/2017 Concert

Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal in das Reich Gottes eingehen BWV 146
Man singet mit Freuden vom Sieg BWV 149

(Conductor: Helmuth Rilling)

Buried Alive | A Festival of Sex, Love and Death
Oct
28
7:30 pm19:30

Buried Alive | A Festival of Sex, Love and Death

  • Pleasance Theatre

"Tinged with cool gothic morbidity and with a deft, light and effective theatrical touch" **** London City Nights

A candlelit semi-staged recital of 14 poems by Gottfried Keller (1819-1890) with music by Othmar Schoeck (1886-1957)


OSKAR MCCARTHY (BARITONE) | ROB KEELEY (PIANO)


In 1927 Swiss composer Othmar Schoeck adapted the poetry of his fellow countryman Gottfried Keller to produce the song cycle Lebendig Begraben which tells the story of a man who awakes to find he has mistakenly been buried. Firstly he panics and hopes that his girlfriend or a friendly grave robber will come to his rescue; then he begins to reminisce in his coffin about his childhood, youth and first love; finally he casts his soul into eternity in an acceptance of his fate.

James Joyce heard Buried Alive performed when he was living in Zurich in 1935 and declared Schoeck better than Stravinsky. He immediately sent out for a German dictionary so that he could translate the libretto into English. The premise of the novel Joyce was working on at the time, Finnegans Wake, bears an uncanny similarity: a man is prematurely laid to rest and wakes up to find himself in his coffin. Could Buried Alive have inspired one of the most famous novels of the 20th Century?

Performed as part of a double-bill with Created a Monster Theatre's Mortgage at A Festival of Sex, Love and Death.

Riders to the Sea | Midsummer Opera
Nov
17
Nov 19

Riders to the Sea | Midsummer Opera

  • St Johns Waterloo

Oskar sings the role of Bartley in MSO's all-English programme, pairing Vaughan William's Riders to the Sea with William Walton's incidental orchestral music to Henry IV.

Friday November 17th, 7pm

Sunday November 19th, 5pm

St John's Church, Waterloo, London.

Nielsen Symphony No. 3 | Bromley Symphony Orchestra
Jan
27
7:45 pm19:45

Nielsen Symphony No. 3 | Bromley Symphony Orchestra

Nielsen Symphony No.3
    Soloists Nicola Ihnatowicz and Oskar McCarthy

Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto
    Soloist Caroline Marwood

Strauss Suite from ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ 

Nielsen’s 3rd Symphony (the ‘Espansiva’) is light and joyous – not ‘typical’ Nielsen at all. Its famous slow movement, which Nielsen himself described as a ‘landscape Andante,’ uses offstage solo voices to marvellous effect.


Mozart and Puccini | Hounslow Symphony Orchestra
Jul
8
7:30 pm19:30

Mozart and Puccini | Hounslow Symphony Orchestra

  • St Mary's Church

Saturday 8th July 2017

St. Mary’s Church, Osterley Rd, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 4PW

A Night at the Opera

A selection from:

Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro
Mozart: The Magic Flute
Puccini: La Bohème

Sofia Troncoso, soprano
Charlotte Schoeters, soprano
Laurence Panter, tenor
Oskar McCarthy, baritone

Rossini: Overture from The Barber of Seville
Mozart: Overture from The Magic Flute
Schubert: Symphony No 5

Cosi fan tutte | London young sinfonia
Jun
16
Jun 23

Cosi fan tutte | London young sinfonia

Oskar sings the role of Don Alfonso in three performances of Cosi fan tutte with London Young Sinfonia, in a production directed by Rebecca Meltzer.


Fiordiligi - Milly Forrest
Dorabella - Bethany Horak-Hallett
Guglielmo- Arthur Bruce
Ferrando - Guy Withers
Despina - Klaudia Korzeniewska
Don Alfonso - Oskar McCarthy

Director - Rebecca Meltzer
Conductor - Bertie Baigent
Producer - Joe Forrest

Saturday 17 June at 7.30pm
St Michael and all Angels Church, Bedford Park

Sunday 18 June at 6pm  
St Marylebone Parish Church

Saturday 24 June at 5pm (this performance includes an hour-long dining interval)
Waterperry Gardens, Wheatley, Oxfordshire, OX33 1JZ

Mahler Eight | Philharmonia Chorus Professional Singer Scheme
Apr
28
Apr 29

Mahler Eight | Philharmonia Chorus Professional Singer Scheme

  • Palau de la musica

Special concert 30th Anniversary Palau de la Música

Gustav Mahler Symphony nº 8 in E flat major “Symphony of a thousand”

Riccarda Merbeth, soprano
Julia Novikova, soprano
Ofelia Sala, soprano
Theresa Kronthaler, mezzosoprano
José Antonio López, baritone
Nicolai Schukoff,tenor
Bass to be announced

COR DE LA GENERALITAT VALENCIANA
PHILHARMONIA CHORUS

VALENCIA ORQUESTRA
Yaron Traub, conductor

Samson and Delilah | Genesis Chorale
Apr
8
7:30 pm19:30

Samson and Delilah | Genesis Chorale

  • St John's Church

Oskar sings the role of the Aged Hebrew in this concert performance of Saint-Saens' Samson and Delilah under the baton of Lewis Gaston.

Tickets available on the door (Adults £12, Children and Students £6)

St Matthew Passion | Six Centuries Chamber Choir and Linden Baroque
Apr
1
6:30 pm18:30

St Matthew Passion | Six Centuries Chamber Choir and Linden Baroque

  • St Paul's Church

Oskar sings the bass solos in Bach's St Matthew Passion with period instrument group Linden Baroque and the 6 Centuries Chamber Choir.

Six Centuries Chamber Choir
Linden Baroque Orchestra

Peter Fender conductor
John Upperton evangelist
Jon Stainsby Jesus
Helen Semple soprano
Carris Jones alto
Ben Vonberg-Clark tenor
Oskar McCarthy baritone

The Actors Church, Covent Garden
 

Ulla's Odyssey | OperaUpClose (tour)
Mar
22
May 7

Ulla's Odyssey | OperaUpClose (tour)

After giving the piece's premiere in 2015 at Kings Place, Olivier Award winning OperaUpClose are embarking on a national tour of fun, feisty, family-friendly Ulla’s Odyssey.

Fourteen year old Ulla is attempting to become the youngest person to sail the world single-handedly in her trusty sailing boat The Homer’, with only her cat Binnacle to keep her company as she navigates the high seas.

This new opera is an enchanting nautical fantasy by New Zealand composer Anthony Young and Canadian librettist Leanne Brodie and was the winner of both the Flourish New Composition Award (2014) and Opera Factory’s Composition competition (2012). The production is directed by OperaUpClose's Associate Director, Valentina Ceschi (The Elixir of Love and Dido and Aeneas for OUC) and designed by Faye Bradley (Linbury Prize Finalist 2013).

The show is inspired by Homer's Odyssey, includes live music and puppetry and is suitable for children aged 7+, families and any adult with a sense of fun and wonder.

Sarah Minns Ulla
Oskar McCarthy Binnacle/Garibdis
Flora McIntosh Goddess of the Sea
Pamela Hay Sylla
Edward Hughes Cy-Ops
Ruth Whybrow Instrumentalist
Valentina Ceschi Director
Alex Beetschen Musical Director
Faye Bradley Designer
Matt Hutchinson Puppet Design

Dates

Sunday 12th February | Rich Mix, London

Sunday 19th February | artsdepot, London

Wednesday 22nd March | Stables, Milton Keynes

Tuesday 28th - Thursday 30th March | Belgrade Theatre, Coventry (13.00 28th; 13.00 + 18.30 29th; 10.15 + 18.30 30th)

Sunday 30th April | Greenwich Theatre, London

Sunday 7th May | MAC, Birmingham (14.00 + 18.00)

 

Music and the Allure of Napoleon | The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Mar
4
3:30 pm15:30

Music and the Allure of Napoleon | The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

  • The Bowes Museum

What did music mean for Napoleon and those living under his rule? Was it entertainment, distraction, propaganda, or catharsis? Join musicologist Dr Katherine Hambridge, from Durham University, and musicians Mark Austin, Oskar McCarthy and Héloïse Werner for a lecture concert exploring how music served to project—or undercut— the allure of the Napoleonic regime: from the elegance of salons and the sumptuous spectacle of the opera, to the relentless, irreverent satire of the boulevard theatres and the enthusiasm and violence of popular song.

Attendance is free with admission.

Music for Kenya 2017
Jan
16
Jan 30

Music for Kenya 2017

Oskar joins the team at Music for Kenya, founded in April 2015 by his friend and colleague violinist Jessica Hall, as they travel to Kenya to deliver participatory sessions to around 1000 Kenyan children over a 2 week period. They will be visiting 4 rural primary schools, 1 special needs school, 2 orphanages and Kenya's only Children's Hospital, where they will spend time teaching the children songs, dances, games and simple instruments, ending their time there with a big community concert where whole villages will be invited to join in a huge celebration concert.

Jennifer Dyson - Flute
Kirstin Hall - Clarinet
Oskar McCarthy - French Horn/Singing
Alistair Gibson - Trombone
Caroline Pether - Violin
Joy Becker - Violin/Viola
Anna Brigham - Violin/Viola
Jessica Hall - Violin/Viola
Delia Stevens - Percussion

Memorial Ground | The Portrait Choir
Nov
12
7:00 pm19:00

Memorial Ground | The Portrait Choir

  • National Portrait Gallery

The Portrait Choir commemorates the centenary of the Battle of the Somme in special out-of-hours performances of David Lang’s new choral work Memorial Ground (commissioned by 14 – 18 NOW and East Neuk Festival).

The choir will be joined by the young singers of south London’s Pembroke Academy of Music (PAM) Community Choir and homeless chorus, The Choir with No Name, for a promenade concert through the first floor galleries, where early 20th century portraits so relevant to this wartime period are on display.

The Portrait Choir will also sing Sir Hubert Parry’s elegiac Songs of Farewell and poet Jackie Kay will read her poem Private Joseph Kay, part of the Fierce Light poetry collection specially commissioned by 14-18 NOW, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Writers’ Centre Norwich.   

Free tickets available here

Musical Rumpus: Catch a Sea Star | Spitalfields Music
Oct
31
Dec 10

Musical Rumpus: Catch a Sea Star | Spitalfields Music

Spitalfields Music presents Catch a Sea Star, a revival production from the award-winning Musical Rumpus series of interactive music theatre performances for 0-2.5 year olds. Catch a Sea Star takes music from the ‘Coffee’, ‘Peasant’ and ‘Hunting’ cantatas by JS Bach, woven into a music theatre narrative and performed by two singers, and three instrumentalists.

Zoe Palmer (Director)
Sam Glazer (Musical Director, Arranger and Cello)
Sophia Lovell Smith (Designer)
Lauren Zolezzi (Soprano)
Oskar McCarthy (Baritone)
Naomi Burrell (Violin)
Hannah Bell (Violin)

Touring to libraries and community centres in East London, the National Theatre Mannheim and Spitalfields Music Winter Festival 2016. Full tour details available at www.spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk.

Songs and Dances of Death + Retreats and Advances (world premiere) | London Month of the Dead
Oct
22
Oct 23

Songs and Dances of Death + Retreats and Advances (world premiere) | London Month of the Dead

  • Brompton Cemetery

A Candlelit Concert in Brompton Cemetery

7:30pm | Saturday 22nd October and Sunday 23rd October 2016

Oskar McCarthy and Rob Keeley collaborate to perform a brand new in-the-round staging of Modest Mussorgsky's 'Songs and Dances of Death', with movement direction by Rachel Drazek, alongside three short works for solo piano by Alexander Scriabin and the world premiere of Gramophone Award winning composer Robin Holloway's new trio of songs 'Retreats and Advances' (written to poems by A.S.J Tessimond).

Programme

"Retreats and Advances" - music by Robin Holloway, words by A. S. J. Tessimond (world premiere)

1. 'Black Monday Lovesong'
2. 'After attempted escape from Love'
3. 'Two Men in a Dance Hall'

Three works for solo piano - music by Alexander Scriabin

1. Deux poèmes op 32
2. Deux Morceaux op 57: Désir: Caresse dansée
3. Vers la flamme: poème op 72

“Songs and Dances of Death” - music by Modest Mussorgsky, words by Arseny Golenishchev-Kutuzov (English translation by Marion Farquhar)

1. 'Lullaby'
2. 'Serenade'
3. 'Trepak'
4. 'Commander-in-Chief'

Duet | Re:Sound Music Theatre
Oct
16
Nov 3

Duet | Re:Sound Music Theatre

Duet

A new play by Katharine Armitage with music by Robert Schumann

“The most interesting thing about the musical genius that is Schumann is that there are two of them…”

In spite of opposition, Robert Schumann marries his beloved Clara. Their wedding party is one to remember and, as the anniversaries go by, the couple are determined to keep the magic and music of that occasion alive. However, although Clara and Robert return each year to the drinking house where they celebrated their union, nothing else in their lives remains the same. Each return visit seems to tear them apart; jealousy, frustration, revolution, insanity, family and music strain their relationship to breaking point. Has the Schumanns’ harmonious duet become two discordant musical lines?

Join Robert and Clara Schumann in an evening of song and celebration, despair and love as they sing their way through the years and invite you into their glorious yet deeply human story.

An interactive theatrical experience weaving together the lieder of Robert Schumann with an original script from the company who brought you After Party.

TOUR DATES

16th October, 9.45pm, Oxford: King’s Arms, 40 Holywell Street, OX1 3SP
This event is FREE! Book your FREE tickets here or try your luck on the door…

17th October, 9.45pm, Oxford: King’s Arms, 40 Holywell Street, OX1 3SP
This event is FREE!  Book your free tickets here or try your luck on the door….

24th October, 9.45pm, Oxford: King’s Arms, 40 Holywell Street, OX1 3SP
This event is FREE! Book your FREE tickets here or try your luck on the door…

28th October, 8pm, Manchester: Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road, M13 9RD
Ticket details coming soon

2nd November, 7.30pm, London: Wilton’s Music Hall Cocktail Bar, 1 Graces Alley, E1 8JB
Click HERE for tickets

3rd November, 7.30pm, London: Wilton’s Music Hall Cocktail Bar, 1 Graces Alley, E1 8JB
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CAST
Eloise Irving
Olivia Clarke
Oskar McCarthy
Rod Morris

CREATIVES
Writer: Katharine Armitage
Director: Sophie Gilpin
Producer: Kate Smith
Musical Director: Peter Foggitt
Designer: Lizzie Leech

Workshops at the International School of Dramatic Corporeal Mime, Paris
Sep
12
Sep 23

Workshops at the International School of Dramatic Corporeal Mime, Paris

  • Ecole international de mime corporel

Oskar participates in a fortnight of workshops in mime and physical theatre under teachers Ivan Bacciochi and Natalie Stadelmann at the International School of Dramatic Corporeal Mime in Paris. The programme includes:

  • Work on the fundamental principles of Corporeal Mime
  • Base techniques, physical articulation
  • Counterweights, physical drama, dynamo rhythms
  • Work on displacement of the body in space (character walks)
  • Stylised walks
  • The study of dynamic figures to sensitise participants to a work on form and rhythm
  • Segmentation and work on rhythm of studied characteristics
  • Improvisation and semi-improvisation
Une Education Manquee | Pop-Up Opera
Aug
6
2:45 pm14:45

Une Education Manquee | Pop-Up Opera

  • Cornbury Park

Oskar produces and performs the role of Pausanias in an exclusive production of Emmanuel Chabrier’s rarely-performed Une Education Manquée for Wilderness Festival 2016.

Set in the time of Louis XVI, Une Education Manquée is the tale of two very young aristocrats who have just been married but are totally innocent of the facts of life: the tutor to whom the young Count turns for advice has spent his whole life out of the world amid books and is equally ignorant. It is only when the disappointed bride, frightened by a thunderstorm, seeks refuge in her husband’s arms that the ‘problem’ solves itself.

Designed specifically for the festival with music direction by William Cole, musical director of mixed-genre club night Filthy Lucre, and stage direction by Herald Angel Award winner Jack Furness.

Pausanias - Oskar McCarthy
Gontran - Monica McGhee
Helene - Christine Buras

Director - Jack Furness
Musical Director - William Cole
Co-producer - Fiona Johnston

The Ecstasies Above | Festival Voices
Jul
16
10:30 am10:30

The Ecstasies Above | Festival Voices

  • Henham Park

Oskar returns to Latitude Festival to perform Tarik O'Regan's exhilarating work The Ecstasies Above as part of Festival Voices.

DJ Nico Bentley, 16 singers, a string quartet and a company of dancers led by choreographer Lily Howkins have been brought together to create this unique presentation for Latitude. Exploring the visceral and intellectual crossover between classical music and electronica, this unique experience will enlighten, surprise and stir the ecstasies within.

The Ecstasies Above was commissioned by Yale Institute Of Sacred Music and premiered by Yale Schola Cantorum in 2007. Directed by Gregory Batsleer, Louis Hartshorn and Tania Harrison.

Kindertotenlieder | London Euphonia Orchestra
Jun
18
7:30 pm19:30

Kindertotenlieder | London Euphonia Orchestra

  • St James' Sussex Gardens

Oskar sings Mahler's Kindertotenlieder with the London Euphonia Orchestra in a concert raising funds for Hand in Hand for Syria.

Programme

RICHARD WAGNER Isolde's Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde

GUSTAV MAHLER Kindertotenlieder

JOHANNES BRAHMS Shicksalslied

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Marche Slave

Dario Peluso conductor
Oskar McCarthy baritone
Mary Ward Singers
London Euphonia Orchestra

Tickets £12 (£10 concessions) on the door; discount for online bookings from WeGotTickets and OutSavvy.

 

Buried Alive
Jun
13
9:00 pm21:00

Buried Alive

  • St Giles' Church

A CANDLELIT SEMI-STAGED RECITAL OF 14 POEMS BY GOTTFRIED KELLER (1819-1890) WITH MUSIC BY OTHMAR SCHOECK (1886-1957)

OSKAR MCCARTHY (BARITONE) | ROB KEELEY (PIANO)

In 1927 Swiss composer Othmar Schoeck adapted the poetry of his fellow countryman Gottfried Keller to produce the song cycle Lebendig Begraben which tells the story of a man who awakes to find he has mistakenly been buried. Firstly he panics and hopes that his girlfriend or a friendly grave robber will come to his rescue; then he begins to reminisce in his coffin about his childhood, youth and first love; finally he casts his soul into eternity in an acceptance of his fate.

James Joyce heard Buried Alive performed when he was living in Zurich in 1935 and declared Schoeck better than Stravinsky. He immediately sent out for a German dictionary so that he could translate the libretto into English. The premise of the novel Joyce was working on at the time, Finnegans Wake, bears an uncanny similarity: a man is prematurely laid to rest and wakes up to find himself in his coffin. Could Buried Alive have inspired one of the most famous novels of the 20th Century?

Performed as part of the Camberwell Arts Festival 2016

Carmina Burana | Philharmonia Chorus Professional Singer Scheme
May
31
7:30 pm19:30

Carmina Burana | Philharmonia Chorus Professional Singer Scheme

  • Royal Festival Hall

Ludwig Van Beethoven: Overture, The Creatures of Prometheus
Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
Interval
Carl Orff: Carmina Burana

Performers

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Charles Dutoit conductor
Chloë Hanslip violin
Erin Wall soprano
Nicholas Phan tenor
Rodion Pogossov baritone
Philharmonia Chorus
New London Children's Choir

MARIA DE BUENOS AIRES - A Surreal Tango Operita in the Vaults
May
6
Jun 4

MARIA DE BUENOS AIRES - A Surreal Tango Operita in the Vaults

  • The Vaults

6th & 7th May / 13th & 14th May / 3rd & 4th June
Doors at 10:00 pm - Performance starts at 10:30 - Party till 2 am

OSKAR McCARTHY and A CURIOUS INVITATION present MARIA DE BUENOS AIRES - a surreal tango operita with music by the creator of tango nuevo Argentinian bandoneonist ASTOR PIAZZOLLA and words by Uruguayan poet HORACIO FERRER.

Descend into the Vaults and mingle with the lowlife of old Buenos Aires - thieves, card sharps, pimps and whores - where the Narrator will relate the story of Piazzolla's muse, María, a prostitute born in the slums “one day when God was drunk … with a curse in her voice.” Maria is seduced by the rhythms of the tango and soon becomes “the most sorcerous singer and lover” in Buenos Aires. But her “fatal passion” arouses the wrath of the languishing bandoneonist, who, driven to madness by Maria’s unrelenting freedom, conspires with a group of robbers and brothel madames to murder her. After her death, her Shadow returns to haunt the sordid streets she once walked, and only then does Piazzolla, along with his rival the Narrator, realise the error of his ways: “Maria is music, she can’t belong to anyone!” A modern day Passion Play, full of religious allusions and black humour, set to a soundtrack of tangos, milongas and waltzes.

This intimate 90-minute masterpiece featuring an 11-piece orchestra will be presented in the setting of an abandoned carnival. After the performance guests who, like María herself, refuse to depart the scene will be invited to tango into the small hours at our after show party.

Maria de Buenos Aires is presented by arrangement with Warner Chappell Music Limited.

Producers - Oskar McCarthy and Suzette Field
Director - Ella Marchment
Musical Director - Noah Mosley
Movement Director - Rachel Drazek
Costume Designer - Nais Molines
Assistant Musical Director - Jeremy Walker

Maria - Clare Ghigo
Cantor - Ricardo Panela
El Duende - Sergio Jaraiz Lara
Piazzolla - Martin Espindola
Chorus - Antonio Hurtado, Frankie Wakefield, Brais Breijo, Cinthia Lilen, Tania Firth, Veronica Morejon

Classical Death Match: Mozart vs Beethoven | Basement Orchestra
May
1
3:00 pm15:00

Classical Death Match: Mozart vs Beethoven | Basement Orchestra

  • Arcola Theatre

“Music should strike fire from the heart of a man, and bring tears from the eyes of a woman.” Ludwig van Beethoven.

“Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Ludwig van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the two titans of musical history return in the finest of fine drag-king finery to face each other and prove their supremacy once and for all. With Basement Orchestra on hand to bust out each contender’s greatest hits – no filler tunes – this is going to be the fight of the millennium.

Notes will fly, wigs will come askew, egos will tremble and ears will be delighted until you decide who is the winner.

Presented by Basement Orchestra, in association with Arcola Creative Engagement.

Company

Lucy Baker - Ludwig van Beethoven
Danielle Meehan - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
John Upperton - Florestan
Oskar McCarthy - Leporello
Bryony Soothill- Pamina
Richard Fu - Piano

Guy Jones - Musical Director

Tickets

Full Price £13 Concessions £10 - book here

Buried Alive
Apr
28
8:00 pm20:00

Buried Alive

  • The Round Church

14 POEMS BY GOTTFRIED KELLER (1819-1890) WITH MUSIC BY OTHMAR SCHOECK (1886-1957)

OSKAR MCCARTHY (BARITONE) | ROB KEELEY (PIANO)

In 1927 Swiss composer Othmar Schoeck adapted the poetry of his fellow countryman Gottfried Keller to produce the song cycle Lebendig Begraben which tells the story of a man who awakes to find he has mistakenly been buried. Firstly he panics and hopes that his girlfriend or a friendly grave robber will come to his rescue; then he begins to reminisce in his coffin about his childhood, youth and first love; finally he casts his soul into eternity in an acceptance of his fate.

James Joyce heard Buried Alive performed when he was living in Zurich in 1935 and declared Schoeck better than Stravinsky. He immediately sent out for a German dictionary so that he could translate the libretto into English. The premise of the novel Joyce was working on at the time, Finnegans Wake, bears an uncanny similarity: a man is prematurely laid to rest and wakes up to find himself in his coffin. Could Buried Alive have inspired one of the most famous novels of the 20th Century?

Tickets

Confession | The Portrait Choir
Apr
23
Apr 24

Confession | The Portrait Choir

To go alongside the National Portrait Gallery's exhibition Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky, the Portrait Choir collaborate with musician and director Andy Staples to create Confession, a production interweaving words from Tolstoy’s existential questionings about the human condition, A Confession (1879/80), and music from Tchaikovsky’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (1878).

23/24th April 2016, 14:00

Please check signage on the day for details

Free ticket required, available here

Don Giovanni | Midsummer Opera
Apr
15
Apr 17

Don Giovanni | Midsummer Opera

MIDSUMMER OPERA'S 30TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON

7pm FRIDAY 15th April | 4.30pm SUNDAY 17TH April

MOZART - DON GIOVANNI

Midsummer Opera Artistic Director David Roblou will bring the full weight of his extensive early music background to bear on his interpretation of Mozart's classic and will be directing the Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of Midsummer Opera in authentic fashion from the harpsichord. Sung in Italian, with stage direction by Lynne McAdam.

Don Giovanni - Andrew Mayor (Peter Brooke)
Leporello - Oskar McCarthy (Cheyney Kent)
Il Commendatore - Graham Stone
Donna Anna - Emma Dogliani (Antonia Cviic)
Don Ottavio - John Upperton (Stephen Cviic)
Donna Elvira - Nicola Ihnatowicz (Lorraine Ely)
Masetto - Michael Rakotoarivony (Thorvald Blough)
Zerlina - Lucy Goddard (Katherine Williamson)

The Chorus and Symphony Chorus of Midsummer Opera

Tickets: www.wegottickets.com/midsummeropera | 020 7652 0070 | £22 (£20 conc.) when booked in advance | £26 (£24 conc.) and £15 (students) on the door

Bob Chilcott's 'St John Passion' / John Rutter's 'Mass of the Children' | Walton Voices
Mar
19
7:30 pm19:30

Bob Chilcott's 'St John Passion' / John Rutter's 'Mass of the Children' | Walton Voices

  • St James' Church

Walton Voices Easter Concert

Walton Voices
Conductor - Johnny Kilhams
Soprano - Hilary Cronin
Tenor - Richard Robbins
Baritone - Oskar McCarthy

This concert will be the coming together of three different choirs, Walton Voices, St. James' Church Choir and Farnham Youth Choir. The repertoire is focused around two pieces, one in each half. The first half sees a performance of St. John's Passion by Bob Chilcott, a relatively new work. The second half brings all groups together to perform Rutter's Mass of the Children with Farnham Youth Choir, being the first children's choir to record this work.

 

Ein deutsches Requiem | Angel Orchestra
Feb
21
7:30 pm19:30

Ein deutsches Requiem | Angel Orchestra

  • St Silas Church

After the huge success of their all Mozart and Beethoven symphonies weekends, The Angel Orchestra will perform all four Brahms Symphonies over one February weekend, culminating in a performance of Ein deutsches Requiem.

This is a fundraising weekend with 50% of the proceeds going to the Angel Orchestra and 50% to the fantastic charity Music Fund (www.musicfund.eu), a charity that collects musical instruments, repairs them as necessary and sends them to its partner music schools in Palestine, Israel, Mozambique, DR Congo, South Africa, Morocco, Haïti and Belgium.  It also trains instrument technicians from those same countries to enable the instruments to be maintained.

Conductor: Peter Fender
Soprano: Emma Dogliani
Baritone: Oskar McCarthy

Angel Orchestra and Chorus

7.30pm / St Silas Church, Penton Street, London, N1 9UL

 

'Merton Opera' R&D Sharing | Baseless Fabric Theatre
Jan
29
4:00 pm16:00

'Merton Opera' R&D Sharing | Baseless Fabric Theatre

  • Wimbleton Theatre

Public sharing of extracts from a new immersive opera by Greg Harradine, winner of the 2014 Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Award, following an intensive period of R&D at the Wimbledon Theatre. Drawing on the stories of residents of Merton, the opera focuses on the theme of friendship and will take place along the high street and in shopping centres in different locations around the borough in summer 2016.

Mezzo Soprano - Ayaka Tanimoto
Baritone - Oskar McCarthy

Director - Joanna Turner

 

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