Robert Saxton: The Wandering Jew

Robert Saxton: The Wandering Jew

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Saxton's epic opera merges Christian and Jewish tradition in the myth of the eternal outsider, the Wandering Jew.

The action shuttles through space and time, beginning in a Nazi death camp, going back to Jerusalem during the Roman occupation, then forward to Córdoba in the 11th century and to the Venice carnival in the 18th, and including confrontations with Faust, Mephistopheles, Odin and Kundry en route. Guardian

Commissioned for broadcast by BBC Radio 3, the work features soloists including Roderick Williams, Tim Mirfin, Teresa Cahill and Brindley Sherratt; the BBC Singers and BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andre de Ridder; and post-production from Antony Pitts.


Cast:

Wandering Jew        Roderick Williams baritone
Jesus/Beggar          Tim Mirfin baritone
Widowed Mother     Teresa Cahill soprano
Fortune Teller           Hilary Summers mezzo-soprano
Kundry                       Louise Winter mezzo-soprano
Faust                          Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts tenor
Mephistopheles       Brindley Sherratt bass
Odin                            Graeme Danby bass
Old Man                     Jeremy White bass

Actors
Showman                Simon Paisley Day
Widowed Mother (spoken)  Jennie Stoller
Child 1                     Lydia Kalian
Child 2                     Rudi Goodman

Solo roles (members of BBC Singers)
Cantor                     Stephen Charlesworth
Old Man                   Andrew Murgatroyd
Young Woman       Rebecca Lodge
Guard                       Robert Johnston         
3 Roman Soldiers  Michael Bundy, Charles Gibbs, Adrian Peacock      
Angels of Conscience  Elizabeth Poole, Olivia Robinson, Alison Smart

Sound design        Antony Pitts, Artem Vassiliev


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REVIEWS

'This project blew me away ... Saxton's tonal (or modal) musical language ranges from the cinematic spectacular to rapt spirituality' The Times (*****)

'The action shuttles through space and time, beginning in a Nazi death camp, going back to Jerusalem during the Roman occupation, then forward to Córdoba in the 11th century and to the Venice carnival in the 18th, and including confrontations with Faust, Mephistopheles, Odin and Kundry en route. … the performance is first rate … a major undertaking that has been realised with great care' The Guardian

'The performance is first rate … a major undertaking that has been realised with great care' The Guardian

'Baritone Roderick Williams is impressive in the title role' BBC Music Magazine

"His considerable technique and imagination make for writing of compelling melody (though not always in the conventional sense) and of richly organic background texture." The Observer

'delicately coloured and lyrical, more meditation than opera' The Observer

'A near-exemplary presentation of a work that offers much of the substance in it's treatment of an age-old yet continually relevant narrative, and which anyone at all interested in English-language opera needs to hear' International Record Review


Catalogue No.: NMCD170
Released: June 2011