Saturday 30 January 2010

When a Man knows

Plans are now well advanced for the first performance of my new opera When a man knows. The opera is based on a one-act play by Alan Richardson which has been extensively performed all over the world, including a run at the King's Head in Islington. With just 2 characters, a man and a woman (baritone and soprano), the opera expands the cast to 4 by adding two chorus (alto and tenor) with an instrumental ensemble of piano, violin, clarinet and cello.

We are doing a concert performance at St. John's Waterloo as a try out, and plan to do a short run of more studied semi-staged performances of the revised work late this year, early next. As it last around 75 minutes, we'll be providing drinks afterwards in the hope that people will stay and discuss the new piece.

Here's the full blurb:

When a man knows

An opera in one act
by Robert Hugill

Based on the play by Alan Richardson, Robert Hugill's gripping new opera uses just 4 singers and 4 instrumentalists to create a taut music drama.

A man is tied up on a deserted warehouse.
Why is he there?
The shocking truth is revealed in a powerful new opera

FifteenB Productions present in concert the world premiere of Robert Hugill's When a man knows with Deborah Stoddart as the Woman and Dario Dugandzic as the Man, conducted by David Roblou.

Dark, disturbing, imaginative,
and yet compelling and intriguing piece of writing"
review of the original play

Tickets include a glass of wine after the performance and we hope that audience members will stay and give us their thoughts on and reactions to this exciting new opera.

Tickets price £10/ concessions £5 are available on the door or in advance from Islington Music, telephone 020 7354 3195.

presented by FifteenB productions

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