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Life & art: The Impresario & The Oval Portrait
in association with The Opera Box
Totally Thames Festival 2017
Brunel Museum London SE16 4LF
Thursday 7 September 2017 at 19:30
Friday 8 September 2017 at 19:30
The Croft Hall, Hungerford, RG17 0HY
Saturday 16 September at 20:00
Following the success of their 2016 production at The Totally Thames Festival, The Opera Box has teamed up with The Music Troupe to bring you two contrasting takes on the themes of art and life.
The Oval Portrait is a new semi-opera by Edward Lambert based on Edgar Allen Poe’s short story which tells of a visitor at a remote castle who is disturbed by the portrait of a young woman: he learns that as her husband painted her, the picture came alive, while she lived on only in his art...
Mozart’s The Impresario is a light-hearted take on the dilemmas that face theatre companies when dealing with divas. Set in the present day, Mark Burns’ new English translation shows us just how much things have not changed in the 230 years since this piece was first performed.
This event is part of Totally Thames 2017 that runs from 1-30 September.
Jennifer Witton & Elizabeth Karani (sopranos)
Daniel Joy (tenor)
Samuel Pantcheff & James Schouten (baritones)
"...the next generation is looking to buy their vegetables at a farmers' market, not a supermarket. They want that taste, that crunch, that flavour. I think they're looking for more intimate musical experiences where you're close enough to taste the quality of the work. Opera can operate on many different levels, for many different metabolisms and on many different social scales and that diversity is a very good thing." Peter Sellars, The Independent, 26/02/2015