Philip Pickett conductor | Ed Lyon tenor | Joanne Lunn soprano |
Roderick Williams bass-baritone
Music by John Eccles & John Weldon
Concessions available until 1 April
£5 student standby tickets available on the day
Two operas with the same words… which is best? You decide! Join us for an evening of English Baroque opera which ends with an audience vote!
In March 1700 a group of English nobles offered a ‘Musick Prize’ for the best setting of Congreves’ libretto, The Judgement of Paris. The winners were determined by an audience poll following a marathon performance of all the entrants. It was suggested the contest was rigged, but Weldon was the unexpected winner, while Purcell’s rival, John Eccles, came second. Weldon and Eccles’ settings still survive and, when performed together make a wonderful evening, with competitive vocal fireworks from the divas in each piece. After 300 years, modern audiences can decide for themselves which is the finest setting.
'Pickett, a long-time ‘man of the theatre’ in the best sense, has assembled as goodly a company of singers and players as one could hope for' - Gramophone.
Learning & Participation Event.
Part of The Bridgewater Hall's International Concert Series.
Sponsored by Manchester Airport.