A tale of shipwreck, heartbreak and redemption
Founder of Bell Shakespeare, John Bell, and internationally acclaimed pianist, Simon Tedeschi – two of Australia’s great storytellers – bring their unique performance of Enoch Arden to the Four Winds Windsong Pavilion as part of James Crabb, Four Winds Artistic Director’s, Windsong Series.
This epic melodrama, composed by Richard Strauss to the words of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s 1864 poem ‘Enoch Arden’, will be performed in words and music. “A tragic, tempestuous, romantic tale accompanied by the music of a genius. Half chamber music, half theatre.” says Simon Tedeschi.
The historic and artistic value of pairing poetry with classical music is something that both performers are eager to share with audiences as they tour around Australia. “Audiences can expect a moving and dramatic tale of shipwreck, loss and redemption— very satisfying theatre” says John Bell.
Enoch Arden wiki and poem
John Bell (Narrator) and Simon Tedeschi (Pianist)
Performing “Enoch Arden”, a rarely performed epic melodrama composed by Richard Strauss to the words of Lord Tennyson’s 1864 poem of the same name. Founder of the Bell Shakespeare Company John Bell is one of Australia’s most iconic actors and theatre directors. Simon Tedeschi first played in the Sydney Opera House at age 9, and is now considered “true greatness” by respected critics and musical peers. This once only South Coast performance will be a memorable experience performed by two great Australian artists.
ACTOR / DIRECTOR / FOUNDER BELL SHAKESPEARE
After graduating from Sydney University John Bell spent five years in England
with the Royal Shakespeare Company where he became an Associate Artist. Returning to Australia, he worked with all the major State theatre companies
and co-founded the Nimrod Theatre where he spent fourteen years. In 1990 he founded Bell Shakespeare and was celebrated as their artistic director for many years. He has played most of the major roles in Shakespeare’s plays and directed most of them as well. He has also directed productions for Opera Australia and Victoria Opera. He has an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the Universities of Sydney, Newcastle and NSW. He is an Officer of the Order of Australia and the Order of the British Empire. In 1997 he was named by the National Trust as one of Australia’s National Living Treasures, and has won
numerous awards as an actor and director.
Acclaimed by respected critics and peers as “True greatness” (Sydney Morning Herald), Simon Tedeschi performed his first Mozart piano concerto in the Sydney Opera House at age nine. A student of Neta Maughan, Noretta Conci and Peter Serkin, he has since been awarded numerous prizes, such as the Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year Award, Queen’s Trust Overseas Study Award, and first prize in the Keyboard division of London’s Royal Overseas League Music Competition (2002). He is also recipient of the prestigious Legacy Award from the Creativity Foundation (USA), and a Centenary of Federation Medal from the Prime Minister of Australia.