The Shackled King written by John Casken
Brünnhilde’s Dream music by various composers
Fenella Humphreys violin
Kyle Horch clarinet/saxophone
Catherine Knight trumpet
Anna Tilbrook piano
John Tomlinson, who has been striding the world’s opera stages for several decades, notably in the role of Wotan in Wagner’s Ring, has long been contemplating the role of Shakespeare’s Lear and sees parallels between the two characters. This new work by John Casken affords him the opportunity to incarnate the aging, delusional king in a musical setting that incorporates Shakespeare’s text in the form of speech, sprechstimme and singing. It is a role destined to crown Sir John’s glorious career.
This collaboration with the acclaimed ensemble Counterpoise also features Rozannna Madylus in the parts of the Fool, Cordelia and her sisters. She is the soloist too in Brünnhilde’s Dream, a sequence of music imagining the state of mind of Wotan’s favourite Valkyrie daughter as she lies on the rock, surrounded by fire, after the end of Die Walküre. Music by Wagner, Fanny Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, Berg, Szymanowski, Zemlinsky, Rebecca Clarke, Othmar Schoeck, Vilma von Webenau and Johanna Müller-Hermann.