John La Bouchardiere portrait by Simon Ogle

John La Bouchardière (director) was a chorister at Magdalen College, Oxford, studied at The University of Birmingham, and was a staff director at English National Opera. He has directed opera and music-theatre across the UK, Europe and the USA.

Best known for The Full Monteverdi (I Fagiolini), he is now somewhat notorious for blindfolding audiences in his experiential reimagining of Lera Auerbach’s The Blind (Lincoln Center Festival, New York, and Trondheim Festival). Other recent productions include Semele and Idomeneo (Florentine Opera, Milwaukee); Giasone (Royal Academy of Music); John Adams’s El Niño (Spoleto Festival USA). His film version of The Full Monteverdi was released on cinema and television screens worldwide, and on DVD. He also directed Music Room, an eight-part television series for Sky Arts, which has been broadcast internationally.

www.johnlabouchardiere.com

Robert Hollingworth conducting

Robert Hollingworth (music director) was a chorister at Hereford Cathedral and founded I Fagiolini in 1986, while at New College, Oxford. He has also directed the BBC Singers, Accentus (France), Norddeutscher Rundfunk Chor, Nederlands Kamerkoor, Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir, Symphonieorchester Wuppertal, English Concert and the Academy of Ancient Music. For a while he wrote and presented programmes for Radio 3 where he learnt you can say ‘orgasm’ in a musicological context but not ‘Damn these Italians’. He has worked on a number of films including Quills where he failed to make Joaquin Phoenix look like a conductor.

In 2012, he enjoyed learning about pop production (with 17th century instruments) on the album Shakespeare: The Sonnets. He now divides his time between I Fagiolini and teaching music at University of York where he also runs the new MA in solo-voice-ensemble singing.

www.ifagiolini.com

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Rosana Ribeiro (assistant director) was born in Lisbon, and started her career when enrolling at Chapito, a school for circus and performing arts. Since moving to the UK in 2008, she graduated from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds. Now living in London as a freelance dancer, she has performed with Hofesh Shechter, Jean Abreu Dance, theMiddletonCorpus, Kim Brandstrup, Charlie Morrisey, James Wilton, Cody’s Moving Group, English National Opera (Rigoletto, Between Worlds), and the Royal Opera (Nabucco, Eugene Onegin), among others.

In 2013, she founded the company Katarse Ensemble and choreographed/performed the solo, Fuel, in various venues around London, such as Rich Mix, Roundhouse and The Place (Resolution!14).

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Nefeli Sidiropoulou (costume) is a member of Cutline Collective and has a decade’s experience in art direction for film, commercials, music videos, visual merchandising and live events.

She gained a BA in Set Design for Film from the Hellenic Cinema and Television School Stavrakos and an MA in Costume Design for Performance from the London College of Fashion.

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Ksenia Vashchenko (costume) is a member of Cutline Collective and has worked in fashion, film and theatre as a maker, designer and supervisor in Paris and London.

She gained a BFA in Fashion Design from Parsns Paris School of Art & Design and an MA in Costume Design for Performance from the London College of Fashion.

www.cutlinecollective.com

Giles Thomas

Giles Thomas (sound) trained at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts where he graduated in Sound Technology. His work spans Theatre, Film & TV and Gaming. His current theatre credits include Outside Mullingar (Theatre Royal, Bath) and Pomona (National Theatre & Royal Exchange). He was recently nominated for Best Sound Designer – Offie Awards 2015.

Giles has worked on many critically acclaimed projects, including as associate sound designer on Henry V (West End), composer on the Cern exhibition of the Large Hadron Collider (Science Museum), and composer and sound Designer on the Royal Court’s weekly rep season.

www.giles-t.co.uk

Betrayal: a polyphonic crime drama is the long awaited follow-up to The Full Monteverdi, a collaboration between I Fagiolini and John La Bouchardière, which toured widely from 2004 to 2007, ending up and Lincoln Center, New York, and being remade as a film.

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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.