Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Actéon, Giacomo Carissimi: Jepthe, with music by Claudio Monteverdi and Francesco Cavalli

Soloists include Philippa Hyde & Claire Tomlin soprano and Daniel Auchincloss haucontre, with Psalmody and The Parley of Instruments: Judy Tarling & Hazel Brooks violin, Mark Caudle bass viol & bass violin, Fred Jacobs theorbo, Peter Holman harpsichord & director.

This programme brings together two intense seventeenth-century tragic dramas. Charpentier’s chamber opera tells the story of the hunter Acteon, torn to pieces by his own dogs for spying on the goddess Diana and her nymphs, while the oratorio Jepthe by Charpentier’s mentor Carissimi is concerned with the grief of the Israelite leader, forced to sacrifice his daughter as the result of a rash vow made to God. This concert is part of the 2011 Suffolk Villages Festival, devoted to the theme of Myths and Legends.

Tickets are available after from Suffolk Villages Festival Box Office: 01206 366603, the Festival’s online box office or by post from: 119 Maldon Road, Colchester CO3 3AX, United Kingdom. Please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope with ticket applications. Click here for more information.

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