The Madness of an Extraordinary PlanSir Mark Elder, the Hallé, Gerard McBurney, Neil Bartlett
14-16 July 2011World premiere 15 July 2011 (The Madness of an Extraordinary Plan)
MIF continued its partnership with the city’s Hallé Orchestra at MIF13 with this thrilling concert performance of Wagner’s Die Walküre, conducted by Sir Mark Elder. The three-night run also included The Madness of an Extraordinary Plan, a newly commissioned prologue for The Ring Cycle. Directed by Neil Bartlett, Roger Allam brought Wagner’s words to life from Gerard McBurney’s text, and gave Die Walküre a compelling new context.
‘It was, of course, the very visibility of the orchestra that made this three-dimensional programme note thrilling… to be subjected to these mighty and judicious fragments, played by forces that looked as transcendent as they sounded, was the beginning of a two-day emotional journey that left me feeling torn apart. The conducting was inspired; the immense structure cohered; one looks forward to the issue of the live recording happily being made.’ The Sunday Times Culture
See alsoNeil Bartlett directed The Pianist at MIF07, and was the writer-director of Everyone Loves a Winner at MIF09The Hallé also performed The Ground Beneath Her Feet (conducted by Sir Mark Elder) and The Cunning Little Vixen at MIF07, and in two special concerts with Elbow at MIF09