Monteverdi in Rotherhithe

I was invited – and was very pleased to have been – to a performance of Monteverdi’s Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (1638) by Ante Terminum Productions, a group of young singers, dancers and musicians assembled by Frederick Waxman. It was in the most astonishing space – a vacant drum, belonging to the Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe, which I think must be the original Grand Entrance Hall to the tunnel under the Thames, which was designed by Brunel for the East London line, with a fine red staircase recently added by Tate Harmer.

It provided a wonderful resonance, even in spite of the noise of the trains, for Monteverdi’s music, dance and singing:-

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