Ryan Wigglesworth, English National Opera’s Composer in Residence, was inspired to write Echo and Narcissus after reading Ted Hughes’s Tales from Ovid.
He eventually settled on his ideal setting, complete with dialogue, narrative and reflection, after performing Janáček’s The Diary of One who Disappeared.
Mark Padmore and Victoria Simmonds join Wigglesworth for the work’s London première.
- Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
- Liederkreis Op. 39
- Ryan Wigglesworth (b.1979)
- Echo and Narcissus (London première) 
- Leoš Janáček (1854-1928)
- The Diary of One who Disappeared
- Co-commissioned by Aldeburgh Music, Musik im Reisen, and by Wigmore Hall with the support of André Hoffmann, president of the Fondation Hoffmann, a Swiss grant-making foundation
There will also be a performance of the same programme in the Wattens Musik im Riesen Festival in Austria on Sunday 29th May at 8pm. click here for details.