Both were outstanding and the two together were superb - I hope and expect they will become a staple for many years.
Mark Padmore and Elizabeth Atherton were the two brilliant singers, playing Orfeus and Eurydice in The Corridor and Jason, Aeson and Medea in The Cure. I wasn't able to congratulate them, but I did thank and congratulate Birtwhistle and shake him by the hand. I can't recommend these too strongly and there are a few more performances - get there if you can!
|Birtwhistle with the conductor Geoffrey Paterson|
The Cure has a related theme. Medea makes 3 potions, from herbs, her spittle and her blood and administers them to Aeson by kisses. Aeson is also unsure whether he really wants to be returned to his youth and grow old a second time. Padmore doubles both Jason and Aeson and he was, as usual, superb.
With increasing public discussion of treatments to prolong life and reverse ageing and some scientists (or "scientists") offering the prospect of effective immortality these operas are very topical and should become a standard part of the repertoire.
I'm pleased to say that not only is Elizabeth Atherton an outstanding opera singer, but she was at Trinity Cambridge - so was Mary Bevan for that matter. Look out for Elizabeth - one to watch!