Monday 8 February 2021

The Opera Story's Beauty and the seven Beasts on this year's Fedora Opera Prize shortlist

The Opera Story - Beauty and the seven Beasts

Congratulations to the team at The Opera Story, their Beauty and the seven Beasts project is on the shortlist for this year's Fedora Opera Prize, the only British company on the list. Fedora aims to promote the future of opera and ballet and the Opera Prize is one of four prizes this year which will be awarded to promising teams who collaborate on new opera or ballet. The Opera Prize shortlist this year includes Steraymaker from Ireland, Opéra de Lille from France, Tones and the Stones from Italy, La Monnaie/De Munt from Belgium, Théâtre du Châtelet from France, Gran Teatre del Liceu from Spain, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence from France, LOD muziektheater from Belgium and The Opera Story from the UK.

Beauty and the seven Beasts, which is scheduled for premiere this Autumn, is a modern telling of the Beauty and the Beast story crossed with the Seven Deadly Sins, told in seven episodes. Each episode is being written by a different composer/librettist pairing. The composers are Vahan Salorian, Lewis Murphy, Alex Woolf, Lucie Treacher, Sasha Scott, Jude Obermuller, and James Garner, and the librettists are Dominic Kimberlin, Jennifer L. Williams, Louis Rembges, Anna Pool, Annie Jenkins, Tom Powell, and Ellie Taylor. The work will be directed by James Hurley and conducted by Berrak Dyer.

Voting for the Fedora Opera Prize is open until 26 February 2021, please do vote

Congratulations too, to Garsington Opera, their Dalia - A Community Opera (with words by Jessica Duchen and music by Roxanna Panufnik) is on the Fedora Education Prize Shortlist, to Birmingham Royal Ballet, their Hotel is on the Fedora Ballet Prize shortlist as is English National Ballet's Raymonda and Edinburgh International Festival's Coppelia in the Digital Age.

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