Grimeborn 2018


'East London's ... irreverent and influential festival of new opera' (Time Out) offers bold new versions of classic operas and rarely-seen and long-forgotten works.

Grimeborn 2018 at the Arcola Theatrre

Image: Arcola Theatrre


Festival type: Opera, Performing arts

Region: London

About the festival


Bold new versions of classic operas.


Rarely-seen and long-forgotten works.


Brand new pieces from the most exciting up-and-coming composers, musicians and companies.


Whether it's your first or your latest opera experience, you'll be right at home at Grimeborn.


Here's the line-up of shows:


Studio 1

24, 25, 27, 28, 31 July, 1, 3, 4 August | 7.30pm

Arcola Theatre

THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA

Music: Benjamin Britten

Words: Ronald Duncan

Direction: Julia Burbach

Music Direction: Peter Selwyn

Live music (small orchestra), performed in English

£26 | £22 | £15 | £12  (concessions available, Arcola Passport holders go free)

Approx: 120 min (no interval) | For ages: 16+


Studio 1

26 July | 7.30pm

The Opera Box

RECITALS

Music: Richard Strauss, Hugo Wolf, Vincenzo Bellini, Franz Liszt, Francis Poulenc, Joseph Haydn

Direction: Mark Burns

Music Direction: Alastair Chilvers

Live piano music, performed in original language (with translation sheets)

£20 | £18 | £12 | £10  (concessions available, Arcola Passport holders go free)

Approx: 120 min (with interval) | For ages: All


Studio 1

29 July | 4pm & 8pm

Nancy Hitzig & Cat Foley

SWING SISTER SWING

Music: Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday

Live and recorded music

£20 | £18 | £12 | £10  (concessions available, Arcola Passport holders go free)

Approx: 120 min (with interval) | For ages: 16+ (live cabaret, partial nudity)


Studio 2

30, 31 July, 1 August | 8pm

Spectra Ensemble

THE BOATSWAIN'S MATE

Music and Words: Ethel Smyth

Direction: Cecilia Stinton

Music Direction: John Warner

Live music (piano, cello, violin), performed in English

£20 | £18 | £15  (concessions available, Arcola Passport holders go free)

Approx: 80 min (no interval) | For ages: All


Studio 2

1 August | 11am

Melanie Gall

OPERA MOUSE

Music: Puccini, Mozart

Words: Melanie Gall

Recorded music, performed in English with French and Italian

£10  (£8 for children)

Approx: 45 min (no interval) | For ages: 2-9


Studio 2

1 August | 2pm

Melanie Gall

JAZZ CAT

Music: Harry Woods, Louis Armstrong, Robert Johnson

Words: Melanie Gall

Recorded music, performed in English

£10  (£8 for children)

Approx: 45 min (no interval) | For ages: 2-9


Studio 1

2 August | 7.30pm

Opera Louise

TEENAGE BODIES

Music: Dietrich Buxtehude

Words and Direction: Julien Chavaz

Music Direction: Jérôme Kuhn

Live music (small orchestra), performed in English

£20 | £18 | £12 | £10  (concessions available, Arcola Passport holders go free)

Approx: 80 min (no interval) | For ages: All


Studio 2

3, 4 August | 8pm

5 August | 5pm

Opera Alegria

RITA & L'HEURE ESPAGNOLE

Music: Gaetano Donizetti / Maurice Ravel

Words: Lindsay Bramley

Direction: Benjamin Newhouse-Smith

Music Direction: Lindsay Bramley

Live piano music, performed in English

£20 | £18 | £15  (concessions available, Arcola Passport holders go free)

Approx: 135 min (with interval) | For ages: All


Studio 4, 1, Bar

4, 11 August | Pre-show at 14:00, show at 14:30

5, 12 August | Pre-show at 15:30, show at 16:00

OPERA MIO & Co-Productions

A FANTASTIC BOHEMIAN

The Tales of Hoffman Revisited

Music: Jacques Offenbach

Words and Direction: Maria Ines Olmedo

Based on the English translation by Jeff Clarke

New Orchestrations by James Garner

Live music (piano, cello, clarinet, violin), performed in English with Spanish

£20 (concessions available, Arcola Passport holders go free)

Approx: 105 min (no interval) | For ages: All


Studio 1

8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18 August

Arcola Theatre

GREEK

Music by Mark-Anthony Turnage

Libretto by Steven Berkoff from his stage play of the same title, adapted by Mark-Anthony Turnage and Jonathan Moore

Direction: Jonathan Moore

Music Direction: Tim Anderson

Live music (small orchestra), performed in English

£26 | £22 | £15 | £12  (concessions available, Arcola Passport holders go free)

Approx: 90 min (no interval) | For ages: 16+


Studio 2

7, 8, 10 August | 7pm

Fulham Opera

THE PROMETHEUS REVOLUTION

Music and Words: Keith Burstein

Direction: Sophie Gilpin

Music Direction: Ben Woodward

Live piano music, performed in English

£20 | £18 | £15  (concessions available, Arcola Passport holders go free)

Approx: 150 min (with interval) | For ages: 12+


Studio 2

9, 11 August | 7pm

Fulham Opera

LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR

Music: Gaetano Donizetti

Words: Salvadore Cammarano

Direction: Jim Manganello

Music Direction: Michael Thrift

Live piano music, performed in Italian with English surtitles

£20 | £18 | £15  (concessions available, Arcola Passport holders go free)

Approx: 130 min (with interval) | For ages: 12+


Studio 2

13, 14 August | 8pm

The Opera Company

ONEGIN AND TATIANA

Music: Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Rachmaninov, Schubert

Words: Tchaikovsky after Pushkin

Direction: Guido Martin-Brandis

Music Direction: Noah Mosley

Live piano music, performed in English and other languages with surtitles

£20 | £18 | £15  (concessions available, Arcola Passport holders go free)

Approx: 90 min (no interval) | For ages: All


Studio 2

Mosaic Opera Collective / Utopia Theatre Company

MOSAIC


16, 17 August | 8pm

Red Seed (music & libretto - Sayan Kent)

Rain (music - Ruth Chan, libretto - Elaine Ruth White )

Occo's Eternal Act (presented by Hoc Opera; music - Daniel Saleeb, libretto - Oge Nwosu)

Pied Piper of Chibok (presented by Utopia Theatre; music - Juwon Ogungbe, libretto - Olusola Oyeleye, director - Moji Kareem)


18, 19 August | 8pm

Between Constellations (music - Ruth Chan, librettist - Zoe Palmer, dramatist - Jennifer Farmer)

Turandot Reimagined (music - Giacomo Puccini, re-arranged by Ruth Chan, libretto - (in Mandarin with synopsis) by Simon Wu & company, director - Jonathan Man)

1000 Songs (presented by the Myaseen Collective; music - Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian, libretto - Ziazan, director - Seta White)


Live and recorded music

£20 | £18 | £15  (concessions available, Arcola Passport holders go free)


Studio 1

20, 21, 22 August | 7.30pm

Patrick Kennedy Phenomenological Theatre

ELEPHANT STEPS

Music: Stanley Silverman

Words: Richard Foreman

Direction: Patrick Kennedy

Music Direction: Nathan Jarvis

Live music (orchestra), performed in English

£26 | £22 | £15 | £12  (concessions available, Arcola Passport holders go free)

Approx: 60 min (no interval) | For ages: All


Studio 2

22, 23, 24, 25th August | 8pm

25 August | 3pm

Romany Theatre

CARMEN THE GYPSY

Music, Words and Direction: Dan Allum

Music Direction: Candida Calcott

Live music (guitar, drum, violin, accordion), performed in English and Romani (no surtitles)

£20 | £18 | £15  (concessions available, Arcola Passport holders go free)

Approx: 90 min (no interval) | For ages: 13+


Studio 1

24, 25, 26 August | 7.30pm

Ensemble OrQuesta

XERSE

Music: Francesco Cavalli

Words: Nicolò Minato

Direction: Marcio Da Silva

Music Direction: Marcio da Silva & Stephanie Gurga

Live music (violin, cello, lute, harpsichord), performed in Italian with English surtitles

£26 | £22 | £15 | £12  (concessions available, Arcola Passport holders go free)

Approx: 175 min (with interval) | For ages: All


Dates


Starts:Tuesday 24 July 2018

Ends:Sunday 26 August 2018

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Arcola Theatre


24 Ashwin Street
Dalston
London E8 3DL

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