Theatron Oneiron return to New College Antechapel, Oxford, with an intimate and enthralling chamber performance of Couperin’s Leçons de Ténèbres pour le mercredi saint. Join us for an evening of beauteous music, soaring melody and mesmeric soloists, in the tranquil surrounds of New College Antechapel!
Leçons de Ténèbres is a genre of French Baroque music which developed from Renaissance composers’ polyphonic settings for the Tenebrae service of the lamentations of Jeremiah. Taking their text from the Old Testament Book of Lamentations, the “lessons” reflect on the final three days of Holy Week: Jeremiah’s lamentations, originally occasioned by the Siege of Jerusalem of 587BC, become a metaphor for Christ’s suffering. In Couperin’s 1714 setting, one of the most iconic and famous, the genre becomes a masterpiece of High Baroque exuberance and elegance and solo virtuosic display.
Madeline Claire de Berrié (Guildhall School of Music and Drama), acclaimed soloist for “Lamento della Ninfa” in Theatron Oneiron’s last concert, is joined by Susannah Hardwick (Royal College of Music, September 2017), who makes her solo debut with Theatron Oneiron, and harpsichordist Anhad Arora and gambist Sam Whitby.
Leçons de Ténèbres - François Couperin
Première leçon à une voix
Seconde leçon à une voix
Troisième Leçon à deux voix
Theatron Oneiron is an early music and early opera production company, founded and run by current and former students of the University of Oxford, and one of the leading student-run opera companies specialising in early opera in the south-east of England. In 2016, Theatron Oneiron presented Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo in a fully staged production (St Mary's, Guildford; July 2016), with an international cast featuring current and former singers from a range of the top conservatoires of Britain and Europe.