Monday, 17 February 2014

Young Wife - new opera for solo soprano

OperaUpClose opens the 2014 season with a double bill of Purcell's exquisite 17th century tragedy and the UK premiere of a Polish 21st century social satire. Dido & Aeneas tells the story of a powerful female ruler undone by her love for the young hero Aeneas

For me the draw might be a new opera for solo soprano. This genre is always a challenge, so this has great potential. Katarzyna Brochocka's Young Wife is a gift of a role for solo soprano, accompanied by piano. Portraying the pressures and pettiness of a stifling arranged marriage with biting wit, Young Wife was a finalist in OperaUpClose's inaugural Flourish new opera writing competition and is directed by OperaUpClose's Olivier Award-winning artistic director, Robin Norton-Hale. The sopranos are Maud Miller and Sarah Minns. For details, please see here. Kings Head Theatre

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