Stravinsky & Tale librettist Ramuz
The Hallé is delighted to announce that their performance of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale will be broadcast at 8pm on BBC FOUR television on Remembrance Sunday, 13 November. Filmed during lockdown as an episode of the Hallé’s digital 2020-21 season, the performance features a star cast directed by Annabel Arden, co-directed by Femi Elufowoju Jr. and conducted by Sir Mark Elder.
Conceived to ‘be read, played, and danced’ by three actors, a dancer and seven instrumentalists, Stravinsky broke new ground with The Soldier’s Tale, establishing music-theatre as a genre. Filmed in locations both outside and inside The Bridgewater Hall, the production was widely acclaimed on its release, and proved popular with audiences around the world. The small group of performers specified by Stravinsky was necessitated by the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, which ultimately prevented the piece from being toured. Its vivid music incorporates jazz and popular dances, like tango and ragtime. The story explores the archetypal Faustian myth: a soldier, on his way home from the battlefields, is persuaded to sell his precious violin to an old man in exchange for a book in which he’ll find the secret of making untold wealth. Little does the soldier know that the buyer is the Devil and that he has sold his soul.
Hallé Chief Executive David Butcher said: ‘We’re thrilled to be working with BBC FOUR who are broadcasting our film of The Soldier’s Tale by Stravinsky. Produced in locations around our home at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester during lockdown, this was an ambitious project creating a company of actors and musicians in an imaginative re-working of Stravinsky’s masterpiece, directed by Annabel Arden and Femi Elufowoju Jr.’
Stravinsky – The Soldier’s Tale
Sir Mark Elder
Featuring: Hallé Musicians:
Annabel Arden – Director Peter Liang – Leader/Violin
Femi Elufowoju Jr. – Co Director Billy Cole – Double Bass
Dominic Best – Film Director Sergio Castelló López – Clarinet
Gemma Dixon – Film Producer Emily Hultmark – Bassoon
George Johnson-Leigh – Designer Gareth Small – Trumpet
Richard Katz – Narrator Katy Jones – Trombone
Martins Imhangbe – Soldier David Hext – Percussion
Mark Lockyer – Devil
Faith Prendergast – Princess
An outstanding performance. Please can we have some more one-act operas.