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Composer: Dove, Jonathan (b. 1959)

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LondonSacconi Quartet

Sacconi Quartet
Dove, Haydn, Janáček
Sacconi Quartet

GothenburgThe Monster in the Maze

The Monster in the Maze
Dove: The Monster in the Maze
Martin Nagashima Toft; Mattias Ermedahl; Göteborg Opera; Tomas Sjöstedt; Ann-Kristin Jones; Joachim Bäckström

BantryMain Evening Concert

Shostakovich, Weinberg, Dove
Yuriy Serov; Lyudmila Shkirtil; Festival Strings; Mate Bekavac

HerefordJames Gilchrist: The Solitary Pilgrim

© c Patrick Allen
Purcell, Schumann C., Schubert, Dove, Vaughan Williams
James Gilchrist; Anna Tilbrook

LondonSacconi Quartet

Dove, Haydn, Janáček
Sacconi Quartet
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Dove's Flight takes off superbly

Nicholas Mogg (Steward), Marvic Monreal (Older Woman) and Olivia Warburton (Stewardess) © Robert Workman
Dove's infectious score nods to Copland, Bernstein and Britten and its tongue-twisting ensembles and high-wire vocal writing were wonderfully performed. 
*****
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Apocalyptic raw energy and verve at RCS

The Day After © Jamie Manton
RCS forces tackle Jonathan Dove’s The Day After, Ovid’s tale of Phaeton’s disastrous chariot ride, pulling the sun across the sky with infectious raw energy and verve.
****1
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Witty and poignant tale of airport life at Scottish Opera

Jennifer France (The Controller) © James Glossop
Jonathan Dove’s witty Flight at Scottish Opera is finely sung by a tight ensemble with standout performances from Jennifer France and James Laing.
****1
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Grange Festival delivers an engaging Mansfield Park by Jonathan Dove

Shelley Jackson (Mary Crawford), Henry Neill (Edmund Bertram) and Martha Jones (Fanny Price) © Robert Workman
A newly-orchestrated version of Jonathan Dove’s chamber opera drew some impressive performances from Heritage Opera in this pared-down adaption of Jane Austen’s third novel.
****1
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Partygoers, pomp and Paddington Bear

Juan Diego Flórez and Peruvian friend © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
The 2016 Proms come to a riotous close at the Royal Albert Hall.
***11
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Biography

Few composers working today have embraced the modern opera house as consistently and successfully as Jonathan Dove. His incomparable catalogue of more than twenty diverse operatic works is indicative of a practical and lively theatrical mind, steeped in operatic experience. In all his music, Dove has a strong desire to communicate, to entertain, and to provoke transformative experiences. His musical language is at once immediately appreciated by listeners new to the concert hall and has provided performers, audiences and directors with rich possibilities for interpretation; several of his major operatic works have been performed in multiple productions all over the world, and his list of commissioners includes some of the world’s greatest musicians. He is one of the only living composers able to write successful comic opera, to sustain a company through 150 performances of a single opera, or to captivate a million viewers with a single performance.

His operas number over twenty, and include the airport-comedy Flight, two operas for television, several chamber operas, and a frequently-performed church opera, Tobias and the Angel. Dove has also created a series of “community operas” and two operas ‘for all the family’: The Enchanted Pig and The Adventures of Pinocchio. In 1998 he was joint winner of the Christopher Whelen Award for his work in the fields of theatre music and opera. His community cantata On Spital Fields received a Royal Philharmonic Society Award and a British Composer Award, and in 2008 Dove was awarded a second British Composer Award for The Adventures of Pinocchio. Jonathan Dove was the recipient of the Ivor Novello Award for classical music in 2008.