Yangua by Levon Biss (reproduced in Dunedin Consort’s 22 – 23 season brochure)
We're looking for a soprano/mezzo, continuo player and the director for a new Jacquet de la Guerre production
In partnership with our friends at Dunedin Consort and HERA, we're delighted to announce an Open Call for artists for a new production bringing to life Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre’s Cantates Bibliques. A set of complete miniature operas, each only 15 minutes long, composed by a woman over 300 years ago, and never performed in the UK.
In 2023, we’ll be presenting ‘Judith’, ‘Jacob & Rachel’ and ‘Susanne’: three stories about sex and power in encounters between men and women in atmospheric, accessible settings across the UK.
Each cantata tells a story from the Old Testament, with recitative and 3 or 4 short arias. In each piece the singer, like all the best storytellers, moves between telling us a tale, and taking on the voice and perspective of the different characters: girls, women, husbands, fathers, Kings. Full of character, story and emotion, they are baroque operas but smaller, using only beguiling music and the skill of the performer to draw us in. They have never been presented by an opera company before, and we’re excited to develop them for the stage in new English translations by Toria Banks. We are currently in the process of casting the roles of Judith and Susanne, and are looking forward to making an announcement on this soon.
We’re now launching an open call to find a soprano/mezzo-soprano to play Rachel, a continuo player, and the director for this project. Each opportunity comes with additional professional development support for the artist from the producing partners.
We value diverse perspectives and would like to receive applications from a broad range of artists, including disabled and neurodivergent people. We are committed to making these opportunities as inclusive and accessible as possible, including – but not only – by budgeting for access costs.
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