John Tomlinson with Counterpoise
The Art of Love and Kokoschka's Doll
Date: Friday 24 May 2019
Venue: Henry Travers Studio, The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed
Berwick Festival Opera launches it's 2019 season with a spectacular event starring operatic legend, Sir John Tomlinson.
This fascinating evening of two halves focuses on the tempestuous affair between artist Oskar Kokoschka and composer Alma Mahler which haunted the painter for the rest of his life.
The first half of this evening, The Art of Love: Alma Mahler's Life and Music features the work of Gustav and Alma Mahler, Wagner, Zemlinsky and Webern - all specially and expertly arranged for Counterpoise by David Matthews. This beautiful music is dramatically enhanced by mezzo soprano Rozanna Madylus’ compelling performance as Alma, delivering a text by Barry Millington which tells the story of her affairs with Zemlinsky, Mahler and Kokoschka.
In the second half of the evening, Sir John Tomlinson performs Kokoschka's Doll, a brand new piece by John Casken and Barry Millington. The score and text seamlessly weave together in a “versatile and intriguing combination of piano, violin, trumpet and clarinet/saxophone” (Independent) and John Tomlinson gives “a titanic, heart-rending performance” (Daily Telegraph) as an older Kokoschka reminiscing on both the passionate love affair and the traumas of the Great War.
“Madylus was an engaging stage presence” - Daily Telegraph
"imaginative arrangements by David Matthews" - Guardian
"compelling performances" - Opera