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02 February, 2019

The Royal Conservatoire, The Hague - The Fairy Queen

Each year I am invited to conceive and run an operatic project in the Conservatoire of The Hague, for all the singers on the Early Music course, as well as others who apply from the Classical course, and an ensemble of instrumentalists. This has grown over recent years, and this February, following auditions last September (2018) and music rehearsals in November, we put together a fully-staged production of Henry Purcell’s semi-opera The Fairy Queen. 33 singers and 18 players took part. The theatre and the theatre team is made available for the week, and they are all enormously keen and willing to do as much as possible with light, staging, props, etc to make it as convincing as possible. We managed to work out a staging, also involving some quite elaborate dancing in the first three days, and then refine it all, ready for two public performances on Friday and Saturday. Next year (2019/2020), I plan a pasticcio using dramatic monologues and ensembles from Monteverdi and Strozzi, Games of Love and War.

Michael Chance

The Royal Conservatoire - The Fairy Quuen

02 September, 2018

Eugenia Cheng on Private Passions

The recording of Michael Chance and Elizabeth Wilcock performing Erbarme dich from J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion was chosen on BBC Radio 3's Private Passions by the mathematician and pianist Eugenia Cheng

Eugenia Cheng on BBC Radio 3's 'Private Passions'
Bach: St. Matthew Passion, CD

15 January, 2017

Philippe Sands on Private Passions

The recording of Michael Chance and Elizabeth Wilcock performing Erbarme dich from J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion was chosen on BBC Radio 3's Private Passions by the lawyer, professor and writer Philippe Sands.

Philippe Sands on BBC Radio 3's 'Private Passions'
Bach: St. Matthew Passion, CD

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