Saturday, 25 January 2014

New - Mahogany Opera Group

Mahogany Opera and The Opera Group are joining forces to create The Mahogany Opera Group. Frederic Wake-Walker is Artistic Director and John Gilhooly is Chairman of an illustrious group of sponsors.  This could be an interesting development.  Mahogany Opera produced the brilliant  Britten Church Parables at Aldeburgh last summer - read more HERE (Curlew River)  and HERE. (The Burning Fiery Furnace, Prodigal Son).  The Opera Group was one of the most innovatiuve opera companies in this country when it was linked with John Fulljames.  They did great pieces like George Benjamin's Into the Little Hill, more HERE.

Artistic Director Frederic Wake-Walker says , “ This is a really exciting moment for The Opera Group and Mahogany Opera . We’re looking forward to the next phase ahead, to experimenting with new ideas , and realising bold, progressive projects. Mahogany Opera Group will create bespoke operas specifically customised to different spaces and places throughout the UK and internationally – presenting each distinct project with a vitality that stretches the boundaries of what opera can be and who it is for."

The first production is Gloria – A Pigtale. HK Gruber’s cabaret opera, set in a burlesque butcher’s shop, follows a lonely pig looking for love against a darkly comic back-drop of fascist politics. The co-production with Bregenz Festival and Buxton Festival takes in Hull Truck, Norwich Playhouse, Norfolk Norwich Festival, Linbury Studio (Royal Opera House), Buxton Festival and Bregenz Festival (17 May – 2 August). More details here

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