Cantata Profana returns to Symphony Space with a brand new staging of Leos Janácek's masterful song cycle, THE DIARY OF ONE WHO DISAPPEARED, and one of J.S.Bach's most sublime cantatas, BWV170 "Vergnügte Ruh."
Leos Janácek became obsessed with a set of poems that appeared in a local newspaper about a young farmer and his forbidden gypsy love, and he wove them into an achingly beautiful and dramatic song cycle for tenor and piano, with alto and offstage women's voices. Tenor William Ferguson (Metropolitan Opera) plays Janácek's thrillingly obsessed and overwrought lover, with the extraordinary alto Avery Amereau (Met, Juilliard) as the dangerous and alluring gypsy. Pianist Daniel Schlosberg (Cantata Profana) performs the wild and erotic score in a fantastic production created by director Sarah Holdren (Tiltyard).
Paired with Janacek's restless, yearning DIARY is one of J.S.Bach's greatest solo cantatas, "Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust" BWV 170, a plea for rest and deliverance from the sins of the world. Ms. Amereau displays her remarkable range as the anxious, searching contralto voice in a period performance led by Artistic Director Jacob Ashworth of this famous cantata, which features one of Bach's most astounding and imaginative arias for organ obbligato and unison strings.
William Ferguson, tenor
Avery Amereau, alto
Daniel Schlosberg, piano
Directed by Sara Holdren
with Jacob Ashworth and Jude Ziliak, baroque violins; Kyle Miller, baroque viola; David Dickey, oboe d'amore; Jeffrey Grossman, organ and continuo