As a prelude to the biggest ever UK retrospective of Romanian film, the Romanian Cinematheque in 1 Belgrave Square runs throughout May a series of special screenings focusing on the creative antecedents of the New Romanian Cinema. Join us for a month of timeless films that will wet the cinephiles' appetite for much more to come!
Romanian poet Ioan Es. Pop makes his comeback on Britain’s literary scene at the prestigious European Literature Festival. Blending in London’s soundscape, his verse will be showcased, alongside other poems from 30 countries across the European continent, as part of the new ambitious project that is launched this year by EUNIC London and The Poetry Society - The Poetry Periscope.
At RCI London on May 5, we explore George Enescu's vocal legacy through operatic fragments and songs in the company of bass-baritone Johan Reuter, the star of the Covent Garden production of 'Oedipe', Kasper Holten, Director of Opera at Royal Opera House, conductor Leo Hussain, composer Dan Dediu, soprano Rodica Vică, pianist Diana Ionescu, and Lauren Fagan and Yuriy Yurchuk (both part of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at ROH), accompanied by Christopher Willis.
We are delighted to present, in partnership with Papercut Theatre, the world premiere of 'I’m not Jesus Christ' by Romanian playwright Maria Manolescu, as part of this year’s Wandsworth Arts Fringe festival. Developed during the International Residency at the Royal Court Theatre in 2007, the play is a darkly humorous true tale about 11-year old Mihai, raised by his mother to believe he is the Second Coming.
Through a kaleidoscope of rarely seen photographs and reproductions, The George Enescu National Museum’s exhibition 'Oedipe: a Visual History', open at RCI London between 4 May - 8 June, traces the opera’s sinuous fate from its long gestation and rapturous premiere to relative post-war neglect and eventual rediscovery.
On 4 May at the Royal Opera House, directors Àlex Ollé and Valentina Carrasco together with conductor Leo Hussain, creative driving forces behind Covent Garden’s 'Oedipe', are joined by composer and academic Dan Dediu, bass Sir John Tomlinson, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly and bass-baritone Johan Reuter in a conversation about the ground-breaking complexity of Enescu’s operatic vision.