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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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Crimes in Cambridge

Betrayal: a polyphonic crime drama will be presented by Cambridge Early Music Festival at The Junction. Performances are as follows: Wednesday, 20 May – 20:00 Thursday, 21 May – 20:00 Friday [...]

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Merely weird?


Thoughts on Gesualdo and his music: part six Robert Hollingworth Rehearsing such pieces, one is struck by the extremely fine craftsmanship involved, but their realisation is like putting Escher [...]

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Alluring women

Thoughts on Gesualdo and his music: part five Robert Hollingworth Despite being employed at the nearby musically conservative court of Mantua, Giaches de Wert directed his eighth book of mad [...]

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Cutting edge


Thoughts on Gesualdo and his music: part four Robert Hollingworth Also in the 1550s and also probably at Ferrara, the Netherlander Cipriano da Rore wrote his few harmonically experimental madrig [...]

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Betrayal now has its own Facebook page: Stay in touch with us there.

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Spare keys


Thoughts on Gesualdo and his music: part three Robert Hollingworth The home of such harmonic experimentation was the court of Ferrara whose Duke was obsessed with music. The court had a histor [...]

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This blog accompanies Betrayal: a polyphonic crime drama, a music and dance-theatre project inspired by the life and works of Carlo Gesualdo with shows in London, Cambridge and Salisbury May/June 2015. More information here and via the links on the left.