Although Opera Feroce’s focus is generally on the music and forms of the Baroque; we do make the occasional foray into other musical eras. A favorite twentieth-century work is Benjamin Britten’s (1913-1976) A Ceremony of Carols. The original scoring is for treble choir and harp, but we did not let that deter us from tailoring it to our forces consisting of three soloists and harpsichord.
In this magically evocative seasonal work, Britten set a collection of Medieval and Renaissance poems celebrating the birth of Christ and reflecting the veneration of the Virgin Mary. A unique characteristic of Opera Feroce's performance is the inclusion of an actor readings of the original poems. This affords the audience a deeper experience of the poetry and a richer appreciation of Britten’s ingenious text settings.
Forces for A Ceremony of Carols:
- 3 Singers (Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Countertenor)