Rory McCleery musical director | Gerald Kyd actor
Natalie Rowland & Pitch Black Lighting lighting design
A concert drama for musicians & actor
The imagined testimony of Carlo Gesualdo, composer & murderer
Written by Clare Norburn & directed by Nicholas Renton
Includes music from: Carlo Gesualdo Tenebrae Responses, Sacrae Cantiones, Madrigal Books II, V & VI and works by Luzzasco Luzzaschi and Scipione Stella
Clare Norburn and Rory McCleery discuss how this unique musical experience was devised and developed.
Clare Norburn’s acclaimed concert-drama explores the last agonies of the 17th century composer Carlo Gesualdo who, having jealously murdered his wife and her lover, poured his pain into deeply and unconventionally expressive music of torture and regret. Breaking the Rules blurs the boundaries between a one-actor play and a concert, exploring Gesualdo’s strange world and extraordinary music, brought to life by the singers of The Marian Consort. They provide the soundtrack to Gesualdo’s mind on the final night of his life, as he contemplates his own mortality and the tumultuous events which have led him to this moment.
Part of Peterloo 2019: COSMOS-CHAOS
Travel & Dining
Purchase discounted parking (evening concerts only) and reduced price Metrolink tram tickets along with your concert tickets.