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The War of Love in Baroque Opera

Opera Collective Ireland and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin present Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and John Blow's Venus and Adonis at Kammeropera Schloss Rheinsberg 2024

9 August - 11 August

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Anna Devlin as Poppea in Agrippina. Photo: Frances Marschall

Anna Devlin as Poppea in Agrippina. Photo: Frances Marschall

Opera Collective Ireland and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin present Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and John Blow’s Venus and Adonis at Kammeropera Schloss Rheinsberg 2024.

Opera Collective Ireland and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin present The War of Love in Baroque Opera as part of the exciting Kammeroper Festival at Schloss Rheinsberg. Performing two of the most stunning early operas – John Blow’s Venus and Adonis and Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell – the company joins forces with the world-renowned baroque orchestra Akamus and the early music vocal ensemble Sestina Music with whom they have previously performed The Return of Ulysses (Monteverdi) and Semele (Handel) as part of Kilkenny Arts Festival.

This semi-staged production, showcasing the best of Irish operatic vocal talent, will be directed by Patrick Mason and conducted by Christian Curnyn and take place in the extraordinary 250-year-old theatre at Schloss Rheinsberg as part of the international festival, Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg 2024.

The company includes soprano Anna Devin as Venus and baritone Benjamin Russell as Adonis.

Opera Collective Ireland’s mission is to elevate Ireland’s next generation of operatic talent by producing quality productions that provide valuable performance opportunities in major roles, a nurturing work environment and national exposure to enhance their career progression.

Nominated at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards (ITITA) for Best Opera for The Rape of Lucretia (2014) the Opera Collective Ireland also won the Dublin Fringe Best Production award for Handel’s Agrippina (2015). For the 2022 production of Handel’s Semele (with Kilkenny Arts Festival/Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin) they were nominated for Best Director (Patrick Mason), Best Costume Designer (Catherine Fay), Best Lighting (Paul Keoghan) and Best Opera.

The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (Akamus) celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2022. Founded in Berlin in 1982, the ensemble is now one of the world’s leading chamber orchestras playing historically informed music.

For over 35 years, the orchestra has been playing a subscription series at the Konzerthaus Berlin. and has repeatedly demonstrated its versatility with exciting concert projects and musical voyages of discovery, including in New York, Tokyo, London and Buenos Aires.

The ensemble Sestina Music was born in 2011 after a group of young singers from Ulster Youth Choir (now NYCNI) had the opportunity to work with internationally renowned conductor Paul McCreesh and countertenor Mark Chambers in preparation for a landmark Proms performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah in London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Under the direction of Mark Chambers, Sestina Music has quickly developed into an ensemble with a reputation for excellence and authenticity in the performance of early music as well as a fresh and innovative approach to programming.

Venue

Schloß Rheinsberg
Schloss Rheinsberg 2
16831 Rheinsberg

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