Wednesday 14 February 2024

Lente Verelst and Hull Urban Opera invite you to The End of the World Party

Lente Verelst: The End of the World Party - Hull Urban Opera

The young Belgian composer Lente Verelst came to attention with her opera, Crocodile, which took ideas from Samuel Beckett and turned them into a short animated film produced by Hull Urban Opera. Originally shown on Sky Arts, the piece is available from Now TV. Now Verelst is back with Hull Urban Opera with her first full length opera, The End of the World Party with a libretto by Russell Plows, artistic director of Hull Urban Opera.

Running from 18 to 20 April 2024 at Princes Quay Event Space in Hull, the production is directed by Plows, conducted by Anita Datta and features soprano Madeline Robinson, mezzo Joanna Gamble, countertenor Ralph Thomas Williams, tenor Michael Jones and bass-baritone Neil Balfour. 

It promises to be an intriguing, interactive piece; playing out in real time, and including local people as performers and storytellers, the opera uses tasks, audience-choice and a “mystery” narrative to explore how we behave under pressure.

Having bought tickets to an End of the World themed party, the audience discovers that the host has failed to arrive. Games are devised to fill the five places available in the VIP Room, but who is really pulling the strings and why?

Full details from Hull Urban Opera's website.

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