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The Io Passion

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A chamber opera

On the site of the forgotten Mysteries of Lerna, the compulsive relationship between a man and a woman reawakens the buried gods. They have scented a sacrifice. Back in the city, the woman clings to her domestic routine, trying to come to terms with the terrible manifestation she experienced with the man in Greece ...

Composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle

Libretto by Stephen Plaice

Directed by Stephen Langridge

Musical Director Alan Hacker

Designed by Alison Chitty

Lighting Design by Paul Pyant

Starring: Claire Booth, Amy Freston, Richard Morris, Joe Alessi, Teresa Banham, Sam McElroy

Quatuor Diotima

Première - Aldeburgh Festival: 11th June 2004

Press notices

'Some of the most expressive music Birtwistle has written, and, as ever, there is the rich symbiosis between the gestures of the music and those depicted on stage. Vivid haunting and complex..the whole thing is a singular achievement.'
Andrew Clements The Guardian

'Intellectually rivetting, musically groundbreaking, rich in mythological allusions that will send us scurrying back to our Ovids with renewed zeal'
Richard Morrison The Times

'Weirdly compelling.. the sense of something dark being stirred into life, of violence tightly contained, was riveting. The beautifully-designed production seemed the perfect revelation of the work in all its vivid strangeness.'
The Independent

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