Timothy Murphy

Bass Baritone

Prom 11: Stockhausen’s ‘Welt Parlament’, from Mittwoch

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  • Date: Fri, Jul 19, 2013
  • Time: 22:15 - 23:30
  • Venue: London
  • Location: The Royal Albert Hall

Ex Cathedra (dir. Jeffrey Skidmore)

Last summer Graham Vick’s Birmingham Opera Company transformed a disused factory in Digbeth into the fantastical world of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s epic opera Mittwoch aus ‘Licht’ with two bactrian camels, four helicopters and a wash of yellow light.

Tonight Ex Cathedra and Jeffrey Skidmore revisit the babel tower of the opera’s most dazzling section, Welt-Parlament (‘World Parliament’): a multilingual a cappella tour de force of extended vocal techniques. Written 30 years earlier, Gesang der Jünglinge has been hailed as Stockhausen’s first electronic masterpiece, a mind-popping sonic translation of the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.