Wonder and enchantment 25 June 2015 Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in “The Monster in the Maze” by Jonathan Dove – with spectacularly swaying choirs.
On 20 and 21 June the world premiere of The Monster in the Maze took place at the Philharmonie in Berlin. Here’s a few photos from the show:
Youth choir rehearsal, Photo by Monika Rittershaus Stage rehearsal, Photo: Monika Ritterhaus Stage rehearsal, Photo: Monika Rittershaus Our young instrumentalists, Photo: Monika Rittershaus The double basses: learning from the professionals, Photo: Monika Rittershaus A little break is welcome, Photo: Monika Rittershaus Rehearsal
Our video from Berlin shows: Everybody enjoys the project...
Have a sneak peak into the rehearsals of The Monster in the Maze in Aix-en-Provence, and follow the first steps on stage for the 300 participants of the production.
Thomas Guthrie will stage direct The Monster in the Maze for the performance in London on 5 July 2015. In this video he talks about the challenges of semi-staging, and how he changes his approach when working with professionals and non-professionals.
With a month to go to the UK premiere of The Monster in the Maze here in London, the press has begun to pick up the story. Jonathan Dove has given an interview to Classical Music Magazine for their Premieres section, in which he describes the way in which he has written the piece not
LSO Choral Director Simon Halsey describes his role in The Monster in the Maze and the concept that is behind this work for both professional musicians and adult and young singers from the local communities in the three commissioning cities of Berlin, London and Aix-en-Provence.
Composer Jonathan Dove talks about how he worked with librettist Alasdair Middleton on his new opera The Monster in the Maze – particularly in scoring the work for large groups of singers, both adults and children, from the local community and who might not read music.
A few photos from rehearsals in Berlin so far.