Grimeborn Opera Festival 2019

Thursday 23 May 2019

Opera - Performing arts

Arcola Theatre announces the 16 productions that comprise the 2019 version of Grimeborn Opera Festival, with public booking opening on 24 May.
Grimeborn 2019 at the Arcola Theatre

Image: Idil Sukan

Grimeborn Opera Festival is returning for its 2019 version - its thirteenth successive year - with a 16 production schedule running at the Arcola Theatre from 29 July to 7 September.

Grimeborn features bold new versions of classic operas, rarely-seen and long-forgotten works, as well as brand new work from some of the most exciting up-and-coming opera artists.

Arcola Supporters can already get their hands on tickets, with general public booking kicking-off tomorrow (24 May) from 10am.

You can find full details of all productions in Grimeborn 2019 here.

Here's a taster of what's on offer ...

Classics are brought daringly into the 21st century by Opera Allegra, whose Violetta investigates the psychological depths of La Traviata, and Baseless Fabric Theatre, who reimagine Strauss' Die Fledermaus for the modern day.

Rossini's comic opera Count Ory is revived by Opera Alegría, while Ensemble OrQuesta present Rameau's Baroque tale of love and obsession Hippolyte et Aricie (Hippolytus and Aricia).

Over The Pond bring Bellini's tragedy I Capuleti e I Montecchi (The Capulets and The Montagues) to Studio 2, while the Arcola Participation Queer Collective make their Grimeborn debut with Don Jo, vividly re-interpreting Mozart's iconic anti-hero through a queer lens.

Music and stories from around the globe are placed right to the forefront of the festival.

Arabic and Western music is woven together by chamber orchestra Ruthless Jabiru in a hard-hitting look at worldwide violence against women; Verity Lane presents an avant-garde twist on traditional Japanese culture; while two productions - Scott Joplin's Treemonisha and Amy Beach's Cabildo - interrogate how American stories have been buried by nostalgia.

Brand-new and pioneering pieces include Sane and Sound, which seeks to demystify our relationship with delusions and hallucinations, and Noah Mosley's critically-acclaimed operatic folk tale Aurora.

Two double-bills draw out the unexplored connections between familiar characters: the loss and longing of Hotspur/Pierrot and the tortured internality of Miss Havisham's Wedding Night/12 Poems of Emily Dickinson.

And Irrational Theatre will stage a joyous trio of short comic operas by Samuel Barber, Peter Reynolds and Jacques Offenbach.

Music Director Peter Selwyn said ...

"The Arcola is the perfect space for a contemporary look at the powerful curtain-raiser to the Ring Cycle.

The audience will get to see the conflicts, the personal dramas and relationships very close up.

They will be really able to get inside the characters and story, experiencing this powerful and thrilling music in the most direct way."

Arcola Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen commented ...

"When the chance arises to experience a part of the Ring Cycle, it's very rarely at these prices.

Affordable tickets have always been key to Grimeborn, and to our belief that opera should be accessible to everyone.

Its roots are in the streets, in the stories we share, and in the power of music to unite and affect us all.

Grimeborn champions that power, and creates a platform for young and adventurous artists to wield it.

I can't wait to watch this year's line-up with opera fans and first-timers alike."


Arcola Theatre

24 Ashwin Street


London E8 3DL


29 July to 7 September 2019


£12 tickets are available for every show.

Booking now open for Arcola Supporters.

Public booking opens on Friday 24 May at 10.00am

Box office: 020 7503 1646


Grimeborn Festival website

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