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Composer: Dove, Jonathan (b. 1959)

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Year of birth1959
May 2019
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LondonColour Series: Orange

Colour Series: Orange
Delius, Dove, Falla, Sibelius, Torke, Prokofiev
BBC Concert Orchestra; Bramwell Tovey

CheltenhamElizabeth, Our Queen

Gibbons, Allain, Mundy, Chilcott, East, Rutter, Weelkes, Larson, McDowall, Bennet, Weir, Johnson, Dove, Byrd
Suzi Digby; ORA Singers

CheltenhamFemale Portraits

Female Portraits
Dove, Purcell, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Wolf, Strauss R., Hahn, Fauré, Debussy, Duparc, Paladilhe, Walton, Britten, Carmichael, Porter
Lucy Crowe; Anna Tilbrook

CambridgeFairhaven Singers | Music for a summer's evening

Fairhaven Singers | Music for a summer's evening
Dove, d'India, Elgar, Bingham, Stanford, Whitacre, Rütti, Debussy, Handel, Traditional Welsh, Rodgers
Ralph Woodward; Fairhaven Singers

LondonProms at … Cadogan Hall 1: VOCES8

of Bingen, Pérotin, des Prez, Mouton, Victoria, Dove, de Lassus, Palestrina, Byrd, Gibbons, Sloane
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Marx in London: Madcap comedy at Theater Bonn

Mark Morouse (Marx) and Boyan Di (Pawnbroker) © Thilo Beu

Jonathan Dove's new opera is a comedic romp with clever lyrics set to wonderful contrasting music, though a more nuanced actor as Karl Marx could have better brought out the philosopher's amusing contradictions.

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Austen-tastic opera: Mansfield Park, Waterperry Opera Festival

Mansfield Park © Waterperry Opera Festival
Jonathan Dove's witty Jane Austen chamber opera received a standing ovation from an ecstatic audience: quite the opening salvo for a brand new summer opera festival. 
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Guardian Angel: Rachel Podger and VOCES8

Rachel Podger © Theresa Pewal
Angels abound as Rachel Podger joins with VOCES8 for a collaborative exploration built around music from her Guardian Angel album.
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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.
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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.