Cantata Dramatica’s latest commission for 2015-16 is Beowulf, composed by Louis Mander, with libretto by Nick Pitts-Tucker. Nick Pitts-Tucker writes:
"The story of Beowulf is the Anglo Saxon version of the heroic deeds of a Swedish warrior who made his name in Denmark, fighting awesome trolls, and then, in old and distinguished age, rolling out for one last fight with a fire breathing Dragon.
Louis Mander first suggested the poem to me as a suitable subject for a dramatic cantata. My wife did Anglo Saxon at Cambridge and jumped at the chance to have "Beowulf" set to music so I set to, reading several translations simultaneously, and then making a verse précis of the story. I also introduced some extra female parts to balance the rather muscular content of the original."
The piece was previewed on 22 November 2015 as a result of which we will be collaborating with Opera at Chilmark to put on two full performances on 28 and 29 August 2016. See our Events page for more details.