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Events Category: Opera

Michael Berkeley: A Dinner Engagement

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Categories: Choral, New Work, Opera
Tags: GSMD Opera, Hindemith, Michael Berkeley, Silk Street Theatre

4, 6, 8, 11 June 2018, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Barbican, London

Opera & Vocal

The Long Christmas Dinner
Libretto by Thornton Wilder
Music by Paul Hindemith

A Dinner Engagement
Libretto by Paul Dehn
Music by Lennox Berkeley

 
Dominic Wheeler conductor
Ashley Dean director
Cordelia Chisholm designer
Kevin Treacy lighting designer
Laura Jane Stanfield costume designer
Victoria Newlyn movement director

The Guildhall School’s opera department presents a double-bill of one-act operas with a distinctive culinary flavour.

Hindemith’s imaginative family drama traverses 90 years in the lives of several generations of the Bayard family in New England. This subtle examination of American family life show births, marriages and deaths set against a backdrop of a rapidly changing society.

A gem of British comic opera, A Dinner Engagement is a comedy of manners set amongst the vegetables. Finding themselves in financial straits, Lord and Lady Dunmow prepare to host dinner for the Grand Duchess of Monteblanco and her son Phillipe in an attempt to marry off their troublesome daughter and thus solve their money problems. However, when dinner gets burnt, things go from bad to worse…
Tickets

£25 (£15 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office from 3 April 2018.
Priority booking for Guildhall Circle members from Monda7 26 March 2018.
Silk Street Theatre

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New Holocaust Opera

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Categories: New Work, Opera
Tags: adam gorb, holocaust, opera north, psappha

Tuesday 19 June at 7.45pm, Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

the path to heaven by adam gorb

An opera by Adam Gorb and Ben Kaye

A powerful tale of extremism, expedience and deceit, The Path to Heaven exposes the disintegration of the loves, lives and hopes of a family struggling to survive during the Holocaust.

Sara, Hanna, Dieter, Magda and Hans return home from a party to find that having ‘danced too long in the moonlight’, evil stalks them from the darkness.

The discovery that their adoptive parents have disappeared triggers a descent into a nightmare from which none will escape unchanged. A meticulously-researched series of individual real stories has been woven into a thrilling new opera for the 21st Century.

Performed by musicians from Psappha and The Royal Northern College of Music.

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The Path to Heaven

Date:
Categories: New Work, Opera
Tags: adam gorb, holocaust, path to heaven, psappha

Thursday 21 June at 7.30pm, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

the path to heaven by adam gorb

An opera by Adam Gorb and Ben Kaye

A powerful tale of extremism, expedience and deceit, The Path to Heaven exposes the disintegration of the loves, lives and hopes of a family struggling to survive during the Holocaust.

Sara, Hanna, Dieter, Magda and Hans return home from a party to find that having ‘danced too long in the moonlight’, evil stalks them from the darkness.

The discovery that their adoptive parents have disappeared triggers a descent into a nightmare from which none will escape unchanged. A meticulously-researched series of individual real stories has been woven into a thrilling new opera for the 21st Century.

Performed by musicians from Psappha and The Royal Northern College of Music.

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The Emperor of Atlantis

Date:
Categories: Experimental, Family, New Work, Opera
Tags: Bold Tendencies, Chroma, Polly Graham

Saturday, September 15, 2018 – Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 7:30pm, Peckham (London) Multi-Storey Car Park

Atlantis-Skyline

Bold Tendencies with Polly Graham, and her recently formed company, Loud Crowd,

are bringing a new opera programme to Peckham, beginning in 2018 with Viktor Ullmann’s The Emperor of Atlantis, an opera about the need for humans to respect death. The megalomaniac Emperor has declared a war that will only end when there are no survivors left. Death, an old tramp, is outraged that a mortal should try to steal his job and goes on strike. The war begins but panic sets in as no one can die. The Living Dead walk the earth. The Emperor’s power weakens. He submits to the greater power of Death, and dies. Originally written in the concentration camp at Terezin in 1943 as a satire of the Nazi regime, this project proposes to re-read the piece as a prophecy for our time, presenting it within the context of current political debates about nuclear warfare, the migration crisis, climate change and the value of life in relation to power, always with a flavour of satire and clowning. The sound world of the opera is cartoonish and accessible, its collage style mixes jazz with chamber music and cabaret.

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Cendrillon with Chroma

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Categories: Concerts, Opera, Pre-concert event
Tags: Bampton Opera, cendrillon, Chroma, st johns smith square

Tuesday 18 September 2018 at 7.00pm, St John’s Smith Square, London

Bampton Opera

CENDRILLON (Cinderella, 1810)
A fairy-tale opera in three acts

Libretto by Charles Guillaume Etienne after the fairy-tale by Charles Perrault
English translation by Gilly French, dialogues by Jeremy Gray
 
 
 
Clorinde – Aoife O’Sullivan | Tisbe – Jenny Stafford | Cinderella – Kate Howden
Prince – Bradley Smith | Dandini – Benjamin Durrant | Alidor – Nicholas Merryweather
Baron – Alistair Ollerenshaw
Chorus – Lucy Cronin, Susanne Dymott

Conductor – Harry Sever
orchestra CHROMA
Director – Jeremy Gray
Associate director and choreography – Alicia Frost
Costumes – Jess Iliad

When the orphaned Cinderella, cruelly exploited by her step-family, generously provides breakfast for an itinerant beggar, little does she realise that her reward will be the love and hand of Prince Ramiro. But first she needs a new dress for the ball – and the discarded slipper has to fit…

Isouard’s charming and lyrical telling of Perrault’s much-loved fairy-tale was composed in 1810 for the Opéra-Comique Theatre in Paris and immediately took Europe by storm, its popularity only eclipsed when Rossini adapted the same libretto for La Cenerentola seven years later. Cinderella’s sincerity is matched by simple and affecting melody, whilst her vain step-sisters battle it out with torrents of spectacular coloratura. Ensembles of almost Mozartian effect contribute to make this a jewel of an opera.

There is a pre-concert talk at 6.00pm.

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