secret of the heavens - the marini consort (RVRCD53)

CATHERINE KING studied at Cambridge and the Guildhall in London. She appears regularly as a soloist in Britain, on the continent and in the USA, performing repertoire from Bach and Handel to Elgar and Tippett, and is well known as a versatile early music specialist. Contemporary music performances include new works with Sing Circle and the Rose Consort, as well as premieres of specially commissioned songs performed on BBC Radio 3 and CD. Recordings include numerous CDs and broadcasts, with lutenist Jacob Heringman, pianist Wayne Marshall, Gothic Voices, Fretwork and the Taverner Consort amongst others.

MARK TUCKER's appearances in opera, concert and lieder have been widely acclaimed, and he is now established as one of the foremost tenors of his generation. An outstanding interpreter in the baroque and classical repertoire, he has performed and recorded with many of its leading exponents including John Eliot Gardiner, Nickolaus Harnoncourt and René Jacobs. Highlights include Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 at the Salzburg Festival and at St Mark's in Venice, Monteverdi's Orfeo at the Bruges Festival, L'incoronazione di Poppea in Amsterdam, New York and on tour in Italy, and many of the Mozart tenor roles.

MARK RYLANCE is Director of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. Trained at RADA under Hugh Cruttwell and at The Chrysalis Theatre School, Balham, with Barbara Bridgmont. He is Artistic Director of Phoebus Cart and Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe. He is also Associate Artist of the RSC and a friend of the Francis Bacon Research Trust. The Citizen's Theatre (Glasgow) gave him his first job in 1980 and since then he has worked with the RSC, Royal National Theatre, Royal Opera House, Scottish Ballet, Shared Experience, Bush Theatre, Tricycle Theatre, and London Theatre of the Imagination. Mark has also worked with Contact Theatre, Oxford Playhouse, Project Theatre (Dublin), Mermaid Theatre, Royal Court, American Repertory Theatre (Boston), Theatre for a New Audience (New York), Pittsburgh Playhouse and Thelma Holt, after whose production of Much Ado About Nothing he received the Olivier Award for Best Actor. In the Globe's Prologue Season in 1996 he played Proteus in The Two Gentleman of Verona in London and New York. In 1997 Mark directed Triumphs and Mirths for Her Majesty the Queen and played Henry V in the Globe's opening season. In 1998 he played Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice and Hippolito in Thomas Dekker's The Honest Whore, adapted by the play's director Jack Shepherd together with Mark. The 400th Anniversary 1999 Season saw Mark as Master of Play for Julius Caesar and playing Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra. He is currently playing Hamlet in Hamlet. Television: The Grass Arena, Love Lies Bleeding, In Lambeth and Loving. Film: Prospero's Books by Peter Greenaway, The Institute Benjamenta by the Brothers Quay, Angels and Insects and Hearts of Fire.

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