British acting legend Robert Powell was joined by actress Rohan McCullough, flutist Clive Conway, and pianist Nathan Tinker in Bucharest’s George Enescu Festival back in September as they formed the cast of the ‘The Passionate Life of Claude Debussy’ show.
Robert Powell vividly brought to life, through the composer’s own words, the fascinating character of one of the most extraordinary superstars in musical history. “Charismatic, fascinating, outrageously unconventional, possessed of great charm and wit, he was a true Bohemian, equally at home in the lowlife nightclubs of Montmartre as in the aristocratic salons of Parisian Society.”
Rohan McCullough had joined Robert Powell in presenting the unfortunate women who were bewitched by this strange and complex man. Shootings, attempted suicide, adultery, public scandal – all featured in the passionate life of Debussy!
Robert and Rohan’s performances were intensified by the musical performances by pianist Nathan Tinker and flutist Clive Clive; the group’s performances in Bucharest as well as Sibiu were adored by the crowds where they received standing ovations.
About the performers and musicians
Robert Powell is a leading English stage and screen actor who has enjoyed success and critical acclaim for more than 40 years. He is best known for playing the title role in Franco Zeffirelli's groundbreaking TV mini-series 1977 Jesus of Nazareth. Other key roles have included fictional secret agent Richard Hannay in the 1978 film version of John Buchan's The Thirty Nine Steps and the title role in Ken Russell's Mahler. The breadth of his work is astonishing.
Rohan McCullough is known for her roles in Malice Aforethought, Charlie Muffin, Dealers, War Requiem, and Strapless. Early on Rohan had made a name playing three different women from different backgrounds on stage as she performed the magical children’s writer Beatrix Potter, the pacifist author of Testament Of Youth Vera Britain, and Clementine Churchill.
Clive Conway is a specialist flute recitalist and chamber musician. He had studied at the Royal Academy of Music alongside Sir Simon Rattle and Annie Lennox, and has since made commercial recordings for Saga and Meridian Records. He is also co-founder and consultant at Oxford Flute Summer School, as well as the theatrical impresario behind the phenomenon that is ‘An Audience With…’, where his guests range from leaders of political parties and journalists to scientists and actors.
Professional pianist Nathan Tinker has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Hampton Court House, St. Martin's in the Fields, Wigmore Hall, and many others. He has also performed internationally at Corsica, Italy, France, Romania and his native Japan. In 2016 he was the winner of the Guildhall Accompanist Prize. Also a keen composer, Nathan has composed 'Fantasy on Japanese Themes' for violin and piano written for violinist and founder of the Resono Collective, Ioana Forna, and 'Topsy Turvy' written for long-standing award-winning duet partner Mark Taylor for flute and piano, the latter of which was performed in the inaugural Islington Festival of Music and Art.