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Luca Francesconi’s Quartett to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 5 July 2014 at 10pm

Leigh Melrose and Kristin Chávez's fiendishly complex vocal performance is accompanied by the London Sinfonietta.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

30 June 2014 at 3.52pm | Comment on this article

Luca Francesconi’s acclaimed opera Quartett will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Hear and Now programme on 5 July at 10pm.

The work features two challenging, polyphonic vocal roles performed by Leigh Melrose and Kristin Chávez. They appear alongside the London Sinfonietta conducted by Andrew Gourlay and an ambitious electronic sound design, which incorporates electronically-treated recordings from a full-scale orchestra.

Quartett, which had its world premiere at Milan’s La Scala in 2011, opened in a new production by John Fulljames in the Linbury Studio Theatre on 18 June. Read audience reactions to the opening night.

Watch an interview with Luca and John about the new work.

Royal Opera House Music Director Antonio Pappano compares Luca’s score to that of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin.

‘We haven’t heard much of Luca’s music performed in London, but I’ve worked with him in Italy,’ he says.‘Written on Skin is a good reference for the beauty and harrowing intensity of Luca’s music’. Watch Antonio discuss Quartett.

In the same episode of Hear and Now, Sara Mohr Pietsch meets Harrison Birtwistle for the Composers' Rooms series.

Quartett is staged with generous philanthropic support from Mr Stefan Sten Olsson. It is a co-production between The Royal Opera, Opéra de Rouen and London Sinfonietta.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

30 June 2014 at 3.52pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged Andrew Gourlay, BBC Radio 3, broadcast, by John Fulljames, Hear and Now, Kristin Chàvez, Leigh Melrose, Luca Francesconi, Production, Quartett, Radio 3

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