Le Rossignol is our first full puppet opera directed by our Artistic Director Mark Down. It premiered at the the Bregenz Festival in 2014. The lead role was played by Soprano Kathryn Lewek with all the other characters played by Dada-ist inspired puppets and sung from the side of the stage.
Mark describes it as "Stravinsky meets Alice in Wonderland".
It featured seven singers and 11 puppeteers from ‘The Magic Flute’ (performed on the Festival’s famous lake stage in the same year) with a fabulous cast of new life sized puppets. The music director was Gérard Korsten, leading the Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra. It was shown as part of a Family Opera double bill with 'L'hirondelle Inattendue'.
Le Rosignol (1917)
is firstly notable for the fine and delicate music of Stravinsky,
a piece carved out of gold with its colours and its magical and poetic
In Igor Stravinsky's "Le Rossignol" (The Nightingale) charmed Markdown and his team with extraordinary puppetry...
Kathryn Lewek plays the nightingale with graceful body language and silvery coloratura.
Lewek is one of
three singers who play the Queen of the Night in "The Magic Flute"
in the main piece on the Floating Stage. The other, smaller roles
in the ensemble derived from the occupation of the Mozart opera. Here
as there, the stunning puppetry of Markdown and his team: how he characterizes
with the reduction to individual limbs the mighty emperor, the fat
cook or the excited Chamberlain, is a great Cubist theatrical illusion.
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