“Transfiguration” (2019) is the title of the new work by Father Ivan Moody that will be performed at the opening concert of the 7th International Festival of Vocal Music “Opera Apriori”. The opus was commissioned specifically for Voces8 (UK) and Intrada vocal ensembles by Elena Harakidzyan, creator and producer of the Festival. This work forms a semantic arch, building a temporary bridge to the forty-voice motet Spem in alium (circa 1570) by Thomas Tallis. It will be performed in concert for the first time in Russia by two ensembles together.
About Father Ivan Moody
Composer and conductor, Father Ivan Moody was born in London in 1964. He studied music and theology at the Universities of London, Joensuu and York (where he earned his doctorate). His teachers in composition were Brian Dennis, Sir John Tavener, and William Brooks. Spirituality, Orthodox Liturgical Singing, and the Divine Liturgy of the Orthodox Church, in particular, had a profound influence on his music. His works have been performed and broadcast throughout Europe, in Japan, the United States, and South America.
Ivan Moody's visit to Russia is part of the RESONATE programme.
About Opera Apriori
The festival “Opera Apriori” has been established in Russia since 2014. Every year its programme features all genres of vocal music – song cycles, concert performances of operas, programmes with distinctive themes based on scenes and arias from operatic masterpieces, and chamber and vocal-symphonic works. The festival presents a historical survey of the development of opera from the late 16th and early 17th centuries to the present day. Participants in the festival include established opera singers from all over the world.
In 2019, the opening concert features a Russian premiere and a world premiere, sung by two outstanding vocal ensembles, each of them acclaimed both by audiences and by critics in their own countries. VOCES8 and the Intrada vocal ensemble under Ekaterina Antonenko will sing one of the greatest pieces of English music of all time – Thomas Tallis’ 40-voice motet Spem in alium. In addition, the festival has commissioned contemporary composer Father Ivan Moody to create "Transfiguration", specially to be performed by these two ensembles. The programme will also include English choral music from different centuries – from Purcell to Britten – making the concert a great musical journey in English musical culture.
More information is available on the festival website.