INTO THE LITTLE HILL/RECITAL I
Into the Little Hill is George Benjamin’s first music theatre work and won him a Royal Philharmonic Society Award.
Into the Litlle Hill
Music by George Benjamin
Words by Martin Crimp
Recital I (For Cathy)
Music by Luciano Berio
Words by Luciano Berio, Andrea Mosetti and Edoardo Sanguineti
Into the Little Hill is George Benjamin’s first music theatre work and won him a Royal Philharmonic Society Award. The Opera Group 2009 production was also nominated in the Opera category at the South Bank Show Awards in 2010.
The telling of the story is pared-down, with just two female singers sharing all the roles. However, the eerily beautiful and highly original score, performed by an ensemble of fifteen, is rich and totally spell-binding.
For thr tour in the 2010 the piece was paired with another extraordinary work of contemporary music theatre, Luciano Berio’s Recital I in a new staging by John Fulljames.
This fascinating and striking piece deconstructs a song recital, as a star singer tries to hold her life, and her performance, together in the face of an emotional breakdown caused by marital crisis. This production featured Susan Bickley in the role and used excerpts from her own repertoire, ranging from Monteverdi to Mozart and Mussorgorsky, alongside Berio’s score.
Linbury Studio Theatre, London
Gran Teatre de Liceu, Barcelona
Co-produced by The Opera Group/Aldeburgh Music/London Sinfonietta/ROH2
Photographer: Robert Workman