Philogene, Ruby

Ruby Philogene, a mezzo-soprano, has sung in opera, oratorio, and recital across England, Europe, and the United States with some of the best conductors, orchestras, accompanists, and singers in the world today. In 2003, she was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) on the Queen's Birthday Honours list for her services to music.

Williams, Jeremy Huw

Jeremy Huw
The Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams studied at St John's College, Cambridge, at the National Opera Studio, and with April Cantelo. He made his debut with Welsh National Opera as Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) and has since appeared in sixty operatic roles. He has given performances at major venues in North and South America, Australia, Hong Kong, and most European countries. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Glyndwr University in 2009 for services to music in Wales, and received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Aberdeen in 2011.

Zazzo, Lawrence

The American countertenor Lawrence Zazzo is one of the most outstanding singers of his generation. A native of Philadelphia, and a graduate in both Music and English from Yale and King’s College Cambridge, Lawrence made his operatic debut as Oberon A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM to great acclaim while completing his vocal studies at the Royal College of Music, London.
Lawrence has appeared in many of the world’s finest opera houses and concert halls and is also closely associated with 20th century and contemporary music, having worked with Thomas Ades, Peter Eotvös and Jonathan Dove.
Lawrence works with many distinguished conductors in the fields of Baroque and contemporary music, including Renè Jacobs, James Conlon, Ivor Bolton, Peter Eotvos, William Christie, Harry Bickett, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Joshua Rifkin, Trevor Pinnock , John Nelson, Jordi Savall, Harry Christophers, and Paul Goodwin.  His international concert career highlights include: MESSIAH in Notre Dame Cathedral with L’ensemble orchestrale de Paris and in a European tour with Renè Jacobs and the Freiburger Barockorchester, Bach Lutheran Masses under Joshua Rifkin in Leipzig, St. Matthew Passion in Ambronay and Kothen with the Akademie fuer Alte Musik , the title role in Mozart’s ASCANIO IN ALBA with the Berliner Symphoniker, Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus and Gloria with the Israel Camerata, Bach B Minor Mass with the Salzburg Mozarteum, and SAUL in Berlin and Lisbon with Renè Jacobs and Concerto Köln. His Canadian debut was as Didymus in THEODORA in Ottawa under Trevor Pinnock and he sang the title roles of Handel’s LOTARIO and RICCARDO PRIMO with the Kammerorchester Basel in a European tour with Paul Goodwin. He most recently worked with Christopher Hogwood singing the title role of Handel’s AMADIGI in London and Birmingham, and made his debut at the Salle Pleyel with Jordi Savall in a concert version of Vivaldi’s FARNACE. An accomplished recitalist, he has given many around Europe, most recently at the Festival de Beaune and the Vienna Konzerthaus.

Arianna Ensemble

Arianna Ensemble
Arianna Ensemble is a professional baroque ensemble . Founded in 2000 around the harpsichordist Marie -Paule Nounou , it presents works to discover the European heritage of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries , and some masterpieces of the repertoire. Appreciated for the quality of the background work and enthusiasm of its musicians, Arianna featured in several French festivals : Festival of Saint- Guilhem Le Desert, Nuits Musicales d'Uzes , Festival of Conques, Abbey Festival Sylvanès in Catalonia Romane Music , Festival of Callas, Labeaume in Music , Fugue en Aude Romane Festival Country Years Musicales of Soultz ... as well as the Montpellier Opera .

Lacey, William

William Lacey was born in London in 1973 and studied music at King's College Cambridge, and in Venice and Salzburg. As a pianist and chamber musician, he studied extensively with Gyorgy Kurtag and Alfred Brendel. He studied conducting with David Parry and Gustav Kuhn. He started his conducting career with modern works at Almeida Opera (1996-98), and as an assistant conductor in London, Aldeburgh, Munich and Pesaro.
Between 1998 and 2001, William Lacey was the Staff Conductor at San Francisco Opera. As assistant conductor he worked closely with Valery Gergiev, Sir Charles Mackerras, and especially with Donald Runnicles.
In North America, William Lacey has conducted at Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Canadian Opera Company,  Santa Fe Opera, Washington National Opera, and New York City Opera. He has performed with such great singers as Natalie Dessay, Anna Netrebko, Susan Graham, Frederica von Stade, David Daniels, Paul Groves, Placido Domingo, and Nathan Gunn. He has also conducted at English National Opera, Opera North, the Cologne Opera, the New National Theatre, Tokyo (showcase performance with the Opera Studio), Glimmerglass Opera, Utah Opera and DePaul Opera Theater in Chicago.
A an orchestral conductor he was worled with the Haydn Orchestra in Bolzano, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, the Israel Camerata, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra , l'Orchestre de Bretagne and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. With the Plush Festival Ensemble, he has directed several programmes combining Bach cantatas with recent works by Kurtag, Carter and Birtwistle. He has also conducted the London Sinfonietta, the Orchestra della Toscana, the Orchestra Filharmonica Marchegiana, the Marin Symphony Orchestra, the Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra, and the Tyrol Festival Orchestra.
Mr. Lacey is an accomplished keyboard player, and he has often directed opera performances and concerts from the harpsichord, piano, chamber organ, or keyed glockenspiel. He has eclectic musical tastes and is actively involved in a wide range of music, from Monteverdi and Byrd to jazz and composers of his own generation such as Thomas Adès and Julian Anderson. He enjoys giving presentations from the keyboard about music, and has recently given lectures in Napa, Houston and Santa Fe.
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Arianna, Monteverdi's lost opera is "composed again" by Alexander Goehr; ranging from direct quotation of the 1608 original, to Goehr's Stravinsky-like reinterpretation, this remarkable score features some of Britain's best young singers.


"This beautifully detailed recording on the pioneering NMC label provides a chance to explore further this exquisite score. Ruby Philogene singing the title role heads a deft and committed cast and ensemble."

The Observer 1988


Cover image: Francois Hall

(P) 1998 NMC Recordings Ltd

Schott Music
Catalogue number:
NMC D054
Release Date:
5 January 1998