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I Fagiolini

I Fagiolini is internationally renowned for its innovative and thought - provoking productions: Handel with masks, Purcell with puppets (with Peter Wilson, MBE); The Full Monteverdi and Betrayal: a polyphonic crime drama (immersive theatre directed by John La Bouchardière); Tallis in Wonderland, a new way of hearing polyphony with live and recorded voices; Simunye, the South African collaboration; How Like An Angel with Australian contemporary circus company C!RCA for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad and performed at the Perth International Arts Festival, New York and in cathedrals across Europe; and Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo with puppets (with Tom Guthrie).

Through the pandemic, the group has presented new programmes in VOCES8’s online Live From London series: Long, long ago placed Charpentier’s Messe De Minuit alongside Howells carol-anthems and Dylan Thomas; Angels & Demons was a surprising romp through early Baroque pantomime, while Re-Wilding The Waste Land (Tamsin Greig narrating) placed T.S.Eliot’s masterpiece alongside Byrd Victoria and seven new commissions. Elsewhere online, the group’s serious but off-the-wall YouTube series, SingTheScore, has found a new audience for Renaissance polyphony.

The group is an Associate Ensemble at the University of York.

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