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World Premiere of New Scott Walker Score Tonight; Excerpt Posted Online

17th June 2011
World Premiere of New Scott Walker Score Tonight; Excerpt Posted Online

In advance of tonight's world premiere of a new Scott Walker score, an excerpt has been posted online.

'Sunny A' appears as part of a larger piece for Duet For One (a reimagination of Jean Cocteau's famed monologue Duet For One Voice) and can now be heard at the foot of the page.

Full information for the run of performances at the Linbury Studio Theatre in London can be found below.

There are currently no plans for this score to be released commercially.

Commissioned by ROH2, ROH Associate Artist Aletta Collins and esteemed director Tom Cairns present two contrasting dramatic pieces in two different artforms: one dance, one opera. Jean Cocteau's monologues provide the inspiration for an evening of opera and dance in the Linbury Studio Theatre.

In the world premiere of Duet for One, Collins re-imagines Cocteau’s monologue Duet For One Voice for dancers, with an original score by Scott Walker.

For the second part of the evening, Tom Cairns stages Poulenc’s opera La Voix Humaine. Acclaimed Italian soprano Nuccia Focile plays the only role in this one-act opera which is sung in English and based on Cocteau’s 1932 play. With conductor Garry Walker and the Southbank Sinfonia as the orchestra, the translation is provided by Richard Stokes, the design by Tom Cairns and the lighting design by Charles Balfour.

The inspiring synergy of music, voice and dance, fused with Cocteau’s themes of possession and abandonment were first explored by Collins and Cairns in their 2000 Channel 4 dance film, The Human Voice, from which the twin creative strands of Cocteau Voices grew.

Full program details:
Cocteau Voices – Duet for One and La Voix Humaine
17-25 June
7.45pm in the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House
Tickets £10.20 to £24.50, concessions available
Box Office: 020 7304 4000

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