Gesualdo

The Italian nobleman and composer, Carlo Gesualdo relives his tragic past in the world-premiere of Karolina Csáthy’s piece: an original monologue interwoven with his music and poetry.

Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613) is known for writing intensely expressive madrigals and pieces of sacred music that use a chromatic language not heard again until the late 19th century.A contemporary account describes him as depressed whenever he was doing anything not related to music and he lived most of his life in isolation, resorting to extreme measures to alleviate his mental suffering.

This interdisciplinary exploration of the Renaissance composer’s life probes the psychology of this dark and tortured artist. Adam Long takes the title role with music performed by the consort Accordare.