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Gesualdo Betrayal

This is a journal for Betrayal: a polyphonic crime drama, the long-awaited new collaboration between vocal ensemble I Fagiolini and director John La Bouchardière.

Scroll down for updates on the project, with news about performances, interviews and insights into the creative process, and background information on Gesualdo, his life and music. As the premiere approaches, we’ll also provide some clues that can be used during the show itself.


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Gesualdo in the context of Renaissance art


Gesualdo in the context of Renaissance art Martin Kemp, Emeritus Research Professor in the History of Art at Oxford University - Not the least of the virtues in I Fagiolini’s wonderf [...]

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Meet the team

Meet the team - John La Bouchardière (director) was a chorister at Magdalen College, Oxford, studied at The University of Birmingham, and was a staff director at English National Opera. H [...]

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Interview with the director

Interview with the director The Barbican's guide for May 2015 features an interview with director John La Bouchardière: ‘the weirdness suddenly – perhaps disturbingly – [...]

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Meet the cast

Meet the cast of Betrayal: - Eleesha Drennan (dancer) is a multi award winning choreographer and dancer based in London. She completed her training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dan [...]

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Music calls

We did a week of music rehearsals earlier this month, prior to the singers committing the music to memory. As you can see, we were worn out by the end. For information about performances, cl [...]

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Poetic licence


Poetic licence Justified as the killing of Maria d'Avalos and Fabrizio Carafa may have been considered in legal terms, the event caused a scandal, and most contemporary accounts and responses sided [...]

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