David Harsent headlines the Aldeburgh Festival with new libretto

TS Eliot prize winning poet, David Harsent, Chairman of the University’s Roehampton Poetry Centre, will premiere his new libretto, The Cure, at Aldeburgh Festival on Friday 12 June.

Posted: 9 June 2015

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TS Eliot prize winning poet, Professor David Harsent.

Professor Harsent has collaborated with the composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle on The Cure which forms part of a double bill of operas that will headline the Aldeburgh Festival this Friday. It will feature a new production of the acclaimed 2009 opera The Corridor, written to open the 62nd Aldeburgh Festival; and its newly-composed companion piece The Cure, a co-commission between The Royal Opera, Aldeburgh Music and London Sinfonietta.

The Corridor and The Cure take their narratives from moments in Greek myth. The Corridor freeze-frames the devastating moment when Orpheus turns to look back at Eurydice as they leave the underworld and he loses her forever. Taking as its starting point Jason’s triumphant arrival home with the Golden Fleece, The Cure casts an intense focus on the magical rejuvenation of his father by his sorceress lover Medea.

You can listen to Professor Harsent and Harrison Birtwistle speak about The Corridor and The Cure here.

Professor Harsent and Harrison Birtwistle have collaborated on seven pieces including the operas Gawain and The Minotaur, both main stage operas at the Royal Opera House. Other collaborations have been heard at the Proms, the Concertgebouw, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Wigmore Hall, the Megaron in Athens and Carnegie Hall.

Tickets to see The Corridor and The Cure at the Alderburgh Festival are available here

Professor Harsent will also be reading a new poem dedicated to the innovation of Poet’s Corner at Friends of Richmond Park. The event will take place in Richmond Park on 17 June. 

He joined the University of Roehampton as Professor of Creative Writing in September 2013. He supervises PhD students and teaches masterclasses at the University of Roehampton, and last year co-hosted a seminar on creative writing at Wimbledon BookFest, of which the University is a partner.

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