Michael Berkeley: For You / Rafferty, Music Theatre Wales

Release Date: 9/28/2010
Catalog Number: SIGCD208
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
Orchestra/Ensemble: Music Theatre Wales
Number of Discs: 2

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
"This recording, admirably presented with an illustrated booklet, is to be welcomed." -- Musical Pointers

"… it bristles with wit and lyricism, while giving other composers and librettists a lesson in how to drape operatic tradition in modern clothes." -- The Financial Times, September 2010

For You is a new opera that brings together the music of composer and BBC Radio 3 presenter Michael Berkeley and Booker-prize winning author Ian McEwan. This gripping tale of love, lust and obsession centers on the composer and prodigious womanizer Charles Frieth (Alan Opie), and the tragic consequences that his selfish actions cause him and those around.

Although essentially dark, there are moments of irony, wit, and humour throughout the opera. Soaring vocal lines, intricate ensemble pieces, and imaginative instrumental writing make this an electrifying work. Masterly performed by Music Theatre Wales, directed by Michael Rafferty.

The Opera has had great success from its initial performances in Wales and the Royal Opera House provoking great reviews.

"For You is a dark opera worth waiting for." -- The Evening Standard

"... a dazzling and taut chamber piece which gives passionate way to Bergian lyricism while referencing both Britten and Richard Strauss in its airy, word-driven vocal lines." -- The Independent
Works on This Recording
1. For You by Michael Berkeley
Performer: Jeremy Huw Williams (Baritone), Allison Cook (Mezzo Soprano), Rachel Nicholls (Soprano), Helen [soprano] Williams (Soprano), Christopher Lemmings (Tenor), Alan Opie (Baritone)
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
Orchestra/Ensemble: Music Theatre Wales
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