New version to premiere of Our Revels Now Are Ended
A new enlarged version of Jonathan Doves Our revels now are ended will receive its world premiere at the Last Night of the Proms on Saturday 10 September, closing the first half of the concert.
This setting of Prosperos words from Shakespeares The Tempest was originally written in 2004 to mark the final performance of Musica Nel Chiostro, an opera festival that ran for thirty years in a mediaeval Tuscan monastery. Every summer, invited by impresario Adam Pollock, companies of mainly British singers would flock to the Convento di Santa Croce in Batignano to sing in Italian to a largely Italian-speaking audience, in repertoire ranging from early Baroque to specially-commissioned new works by Stephen Oliver and Jonathan Dove.
At the Last Night of the Proms, there will be many more voices than in the first performance, and the orchestra has been somewhat enlarged by the composer.