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Experience the power of Donizetti’s rarely performed grand opera Les Martyrs, in what promises to be one of the highlights of London’s operatic year.
A fascinating mix of Italian and French operatic styles, and a work of high drama, Les Martyrs started life as a very different opera – Poliuto, composed for Naples where it fell foul of the censors on account of its religious content. In response, Donizetti refashioned the work for Paris – adding ballet music, an elaborate and startling overture, new arias and innovative ensemble pieces.
Conducted by Sir Mark Elder, Opera Rara’s Artistic Director and OAE Principal Artist, this performance will be realised by a superb cast featuring Michael Spyres , Joyce El-Khoury and David Kempster.
Les Martyrs continues the highly successful partnership between Opera Rara, the foremost restorers of neglected operatic masterpieces, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and follows last December’s critically acclaimed performance of Offenbach’s Fantasio.
Donizetti Les Martyrs
Sir Mark Elder conductor
Michael Spyres Polyeucte
Joyce El-Khoury Pauline
David Kempster Sévère
Brindley Sherratt Félix
Clive Bayley Callisthènes
Wynne Evans Néarque
Opera Rara Chorus
OAE Extras at 5.45pm. Royal Festival Hall auditorium.
Professor Roger Parker, Dr Flora Wilson and Jonathan Keates introduce Donizetti’s Les Martyrs.
This venue has disabled access.
Nearest National Rail: Waterloo, Waterloo East and Charing Cross
Nearest Underground: Waterloo and Embankment