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Albert Hall
Peter Street, Manchester M2 5QJ
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Peter Sellars
Michelangelo Sonnets
Eric Owens, Cameron Carpenter

Michelangelo Sonnets © Duncan Elliott

...a true Russian resonance finding a perfect acoustic envelope in the hall… the double bill’s general impact was of a rarefied religious service.

Director Peter Sellars opened the Festival with a truly original evening of Shostakovich and Bach for voice and organ. The pairing of Eric Owens and Cameron Carpenter was inspired. Sellars’ subtle musical staging allowed Owens’ magnificent voice and Carpenter’s vibrant organ arrangement to be the centre of attention. The mood was perfectly matched by the atmosphere in the long-abandoned space and the fading light outside the windows.

This was MIF13’s first event in the rediscovered Albert Hall, a Wesleyan chapel not open to the public for 40 years.

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival.


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