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wednesday 22 february 2017 | 20:30 |amsterdam | ostade a’dam


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Ovid: Metamorphoses

Roel Goudsmit reads parts from Ovid’s Metamorphoses (in Dutch). The oboist Christopher Bouwman performs solo pieces by Benjamin Britten and Harrison Birtwistle.

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Daphne changes herself into a laurel tree to escape from Apollo, who tries to force himself upon her. Narcissus falls in love with the image of his own reflection in the water and becomes a flower. These are just two from the 250 myths that the Roman poet Ovid collected in his Metamorphoses, in the first decade of the first millennium. It is one of the most influential literary masterpieces of all time, in which countless writers have found inspiration as well as numerous composers who transformed the myths into operas and instrumental music. Benjamin Britten interprets these myths in a series of pieces for solo oboe. Christopher Bouwman  performs Britten’s tribute to Ovid along with solo pieces by the English composer Harrison Birtwistle. Roel Goudsmit brings Ovid’s texts to life.

New European Ensemble is supported by Fonds Podiumkunsten (from 2017) and the city of The Hague