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Volume 1, Inside and Outside the Church: the Christian Herakles from the end of antiquity to the Quattrocento, is in production, and should be appearing early in the New Year. A complete manuscript of Volume 2, The Exemplary Hercules from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment and Beyond, is on its way for review by Brill’s…
In 2017 the Hercules Project worked with composer Tim Benjamin on the oratorio Herakles. We’re now pleased to be associated with Tim’s latest opera, The Fire of Olympus, a twenty-first-century take on the story of Prometheus and Pandora from Radius Opera. A preview took place on Sunday at the 15th Congress of the Fédération internationale…
Composer Tim Benjamin‘s new opera Fire From Olympus turns from the mythological figure of Herakles to that of Prometheus. While the story of Prometheus’ theft of fire from the gods and his punishment is well-known, his rescue from that punishment by Herakles (right) is less so. Emma Stafford has just completed a summary of the Prometheus…
On Saturday 30th March 2019 The Hercules Project brings Hercules’ Twelve Labours Today to the University of Leeds’ open research event, the Be Curious festival, which in 2019 adopts the theme ‘Brave New World’. In ancient myth, Hercules made people safe from monsters. Recently he has been re-imaged as a coloniser (by Marian Maguire) and…
Further to our previous news item, we’re very pleased to report that the beautiful Queen’s House of the Royal Museums at Greenwich is now displaying seven of Marian Maguire’s The Labours of Herakles series. This photographs, kindly shared with us by the Museums’ staff, show the prints in situ. All the prints in the series are available…
We are delighted to announce that the DVD film of the world première performance of Tim Benjamin’s modern oratorio Herakles, featuring Todmorden Choral Society and Todmorden Orchestra along with professional soloists in Todmorden Town Hall is now available to purchase online through the University Store. The DVD includes a booklet with some background to the story…
As part of a series of events during the 80th Birthday year of poet, playwright and film-maker Tony Harrison – including a screening of his film-poem The Gaze of the Gorgon (1992), a book signing, and a one-day academic conference – there was a staged reading of The Labourers of Herakles (1995) directed by George Rodosthenous…
DVDs of the world premiere performance in Todmorden will be available for purchase, cost £10, at the film premiere on Saturday 8th July. For more information and to buy tickets for the event, please see our Film page.   After the event DVDs will be available through the University Store at £10 + post and…