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A Florentine Tragedy

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Bridewell TheatreBride Lane, Fleet Street, London, Greater London, EC4Y 8EQ, United Kingdom
2017 August 07, 09, 10 at 19:30
Festival: Opera in the City Festival
Time Zone Theatre
Andrew G. CharityConductor
Pamela SchermannDirector
Yole LambrechtSet Designer, Costume Designer
Becca MarriottSopranoBianca
Lawrence ThackerayTenorGuido Bardi, Prince of Forence
Nicolas DwyerBaritoneSimone

The opera explores the erotic triangle of a woman, her husband and her lover. In this psychological thriller, their explosive encounter soon becomes a cat-and-mouse game. When the tension erupts into violence, there can only be one winner. 

Oscar Wilde's poetic text is brought to life by Zemlinsky's sublime music, which captures the atmosphere perfectly and paints a picture of love, passion, murder and betrayal. 

Austrian composer Alexander Zemlinsky (1871-1942) used Oscar Wilde's unfinished play A Florentine Tragedy as libretto for his one-act opera, which was first performed in 1917 at Staatsoper Stuttgart in Germany. This new production of Alexander Zemlinsky's masterpiece is sung in English and accompanied by piano. 

Following Time Zone Theatre's acclaimed re-imagining of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's opera Mozart & Salieri (Off West End Awards - Finalist: Best Opera Production 2016), stage director Pamela Schermann and musical director Andrew Charity team up again to present their interpretation of Alexander Zemlinsky's A Florentine Tragedy this summer at the first Opera in the City Festival. The production is part of their in-house project 'Fin de Siècle' - a series of works composed around 1900 in new and accessible stagings, performed in English. On 1st, 3rd and 4th August, they will show a double-bill of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Mozart & Salieri and Pietro Mascagni's Zanetto. 

Lawrence Thackeray (Guido) and Becca Marriott (Bianca) © Lidia Crisafulli
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