Back again this February from ROH2 is Exposure - a unique opportunity to hear snapshots of new opera work-in-progress, all in the stylish surrounds of a recreated cabaret club complete with chairs, tables and a bar in the Linbury Studio Theatre. For other composers, the programme funds a small number of workshop weeks throughout the year which give composers and their librettists the chance to develop their work over an intensive week with singers. The layout of the Linbury Studio Theatre is turned on its side, and audiences sit at small cabaret tables, with drinks from the bar, and enjoy an eclectic evening of innovative work.
This year's Opera Exposure runs from 3 - 5 February and for more information and to book visit the Exposure production page. Laura is a young composer and mezzo-soprano based in London. This is the second time she has featured in Exposure and the opera she is working on is called Sandman , which was work-shopped previously with ROH2.
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It's a fantastic opportunity for me to show the ROH audiences what I'm up to, so being involved for a second year is extremely exciting and always a helpful and eye opening experience. A Hoffman's The Sandman. Having spent a week work-shopping the piece with ROH2 earlier this year with John Lloyd Davies and Lindy Tennent-Brown, I felt that this would be a great opportunity to show people what we've been up to behind the scenes.
The opera is quite eclectic in its themes ranging from the real world to the sub-conscious world of alter-egos of the protagonist child who lies in a coma. I have described my ideas to John Lloyd Davies as me trying to do what David Lynch does in film in opera! Lavinia and I have already worked on 3 projects together, and this piece is one of two current projects we're working on.
I'm lucky enough to be able to have one of my dear friends and talented musicians, Joseph Bolger cast in this excerpt as the countertenor Sandman. He's already worked with me and my theatre company, Size Zero Opera, and I wrote a work for him with Symphony Orchestra, which is always a rare opportunity for a countertenor, so it's great to have him on board in this as well! The VOX Programme is a mind opening experience, with a hugely diverse array of composers involved it shows that the ROH2 are clearly interested in stretching the boundaries of Opera, or even breaking them!
It shows a clear belief in supporting what's good, innovative and will draw audiences in. My memories of VOX I think consist of experimentation, making mistakes, stretching my ideas of what theatre and opera can be as well as some seriously heated discussion!
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It's always good to get people's passionate views flying across the room! We will also be premiering works by young composers, Ben Gaunt, a work for myself mezzo-soprano and megaphone, and a work by Joseph Davies part of the VOX for myself and Alto Melodica. You can find out more on Laura on her temporary profile website and her permanent blog. Stephen has enjoyed previous success with the Royal Opera House - in his opera Clockwork — based on the book by Philip Pullman — was performed at the Linbury Studio Theatre.
He finds a ghost town, but a ghost town populated — he eventually realises - by the dead with whom he can communicate. Some of the singers who worked on the opera last November are in the cast for Exposure, and Lindy Tennent—Brown, the Music Director, was also part of that team. You can find out more about Stephen at his website - www. This article has been categorised Opera and tagged andrew lovett , composer , exposure , laura bowler , ROH2 , stephen mcneff.
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