Wednesday 22 June 2022

The Firebird: an opera for puppets by Noah Mosley & Michael Rosen produced by English Touring Opera & the Little Angel Theatre

The Firebird takes a familiar story, reworked by Michael Rosen, and creates something charmingly different. Co-produced by English Touring Opera and the Little Angel Theatre, The Firebird is a puppet opera with music by Noah Mosley

Directed by Valentina Ceschi and designed by Little Angel Theatre's Ellie Mills, the film features puppets, a narrator, singers and instrumentalists coming together to tell a story. The story is familiar perhaps from the ballet; a magical fable about a selfish prince, a menacing king, and the eponymous firebird – a mystical creature of Russian folklore. Here we have a charmingly naive approach with the opera recorded live at the Little Angel Theatre, and there is some beautifully lyrical music by Mosley, with Aimee Louise Bevan as narrator and puppeteer, singers Rose Stachniewska, Richard Dowling, and Bradley Travis, and an instrumental ensemble of violin, horn, accordion, double bass plus Mosley on piano.

The video is available from ETO at Home.

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