PHAEDRA

by Benjamin Britten and Robert Lowell

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“How shall I hide my thick, adulterous passion for this youth, who has rejected me, and knows the truth?”

Phaedra staggers under Aphrodite’s heavy curse. Wife to Theseus, she burns for his son Hippolytus. But he rejects her and in her blind passion she destroys him–and herself as well.  A staged performance of Britten’s solo cantata for mezzo soprano, imagined and performed by Judith Barnes, accompanied by chamber ensemble.

Doug Han, piano
Charlotte Nicholas, violin
Brian Sanders, cello

June 10, 2017, 8:00pm
334 South 5th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Admission FREE with reservation:
leimaymain.cavearts.org

Presented as part of  The New York Opera Fest, a city-wide festival of opera in May and June, and SOAK, an annual deluge of acts and workshops in theater, butoh, dance, and performance art, offered by LEIMAY at their Brooklyn home CAVE. From LEIMAY’s website: “SOAK broadens the perceptions of artists and audiences with work that is experimental, rigorous, and thought-provoking.” Parterre.com wrote of Judith Barnes’ performance of Phaedra as part of VPR’s Playthings of the Gods series: “Mezzo Judith Barnes shone in her performance of Britten’s Phaedra, vocally and dramatically present in every moment in the 16-minute scena.”