Opera With a Title, at Kings Place, London N106/08/2015
music by Edward Lambert http://edwardlambert.co.uk
text from works by Federico Garcia Lorca
sung in English and Spanish
Daniel de Souza horn
Lydia Hillerudh cello http://www.lydiahillerudh.n.nu
Director: David Edwards http://davidedwardsopera.com
Conductor: Ed Spanjaard http://edspanjaard.
Thursday 6 August 2015 at 20:00
Friday 7 August 2015 at 20:00
lasts about 50 minutes
Reinvented Shakespeare, Juliet’s erotic desires, gay courtships, the bombing of a theatre and the shooting of a theatre director feature in this surreal work. But is the action for real or are the actors imagining it? Can their performance survive the war raging around them and will it redefine their art?
Drawn from two plays by Lorca, this surrealist opera explores the theme of identity. What the actors are playing, and what is happening to them in the real world, are confused: they bring their fantasies to bear on their performances while their characters invade their own personalities. Thus, role-play and questions of gender are examined, each from the other's viewpoint, as well as the nature of theatre and its relevance to everyday life. By referencing the past through echoes of operatic forms, the music also explores its own identity.
Telephone number for tickets: 020 7520 1490
Online £7.50; In person £9.50; Early bird (until 21 June) £5;