Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Gloria - A Pigtale

Gloria - A pigtale with Gillian Keith and cast
Gloria - A pigtale with Gillian Keith and cast
Gloria is a lonely pig looking for love. Ousted from her fascist pig stye, she falls for the butcher and is about to get the chop when Rodney the wild boar comes to her rescue.

 H.K. Gruber's mad opera was premiered in 1994 in the UK, and has not been seen here since. Now it is the first opera being produced by the newly launched Mahogany Opera Group. Frederic Wake-Walker's production debuts at Hull Truck Theatre on 17 May and then tours with visits to Norwich (20-21 May), Covent Garden (16-19 July), Buxton Festival (23-26 July) and the Bregenz Festival.

Frederic Wake-Walker, artistic director of Mahogany Opera Group
Frederic Wake-Walker
We are promised singing sausages and a chorus of yodelling frogs, burlesque, barbershop, big band, hot-dogs, Hollywood and a fascist rally in a pig stye. But Gruber's tale is not all fun, it is a darkly comic and subversive work which takes a sideswipe at right-wing politics.

The cast includes Gillian Keith, Jessica Walker, Andrew Dickinson, Charles Rice and Sion Goronwy, with Geoffrey Paterson conducting CHROMA

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