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Eternity and the Underworld

 
 
 
 
 
Nov 13, 2021
Ars Lyrica Houston / Zilkha Hall

J. S. Bach, Ich habe genug, BWV 82
Jonathan Dove, L’Altra Euridice (2001)*

Bach’s meditation on death in Cantata 82 depicts the great beyond as a peaceful refuge. One of his best-known vehicles for solo voice, Ich habe genug also blends the melancholy sound of the Baroque oboe with accompanying strings, to magical effect. In contrast, Jonathan Dove’s L’Altra Eurydice (The Other Eurydice) transports us to the underworld, from which Pluto exposes the treachery of humanity in a remarkable chamber opera for bass-baritone plus a mix of period and modern instruments. Ars Lyrica’s provocative new staging of both works will provide plenty of food for thought about the next world.

Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano
Douglas Williams, bass-baritone˚
Tara Faircloth, stage director

* Houston première
˚Ars Lyrica debut