British Youth Opera's 2018 season features The Enchanted Island, Jeremy Samms' jolly pastiche of Shakespeare and classical composers, and The Rake's Progress, Stravinsky's tale of depravity and decline
Shipwrecked and mismatched lovers, an Ariel/Puck who keeps making mistakes, an exiled Duke who is rather unkind to the resident population, Caliban running wild with ideas above his station, a missing prince and a cameo role from the sea god, Neptune.. This is The Enchanted Island devised and written by Jeremy Sams, based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Premiered in 2011 by New York’s Metropolitan Opera, it is a pasticcio of music by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau and others. British Youth Opera are giving it a UK premiere.
Also based on a classic story, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress (libretto by Chester Kallman) relates to William Hogarth’s famous series of paintings. The delights of London and his new servant Nick Shadow tempt Tom Rakewell to desert his fiancée and go to seek the bright lights. Unfortunately the servant turns out to be the Devil, and the bright lights lead the way to disaster. Providing rich and challenging material for principals and chorus this will be the third time that BYO has staged the opera
British Youth Opera’s 2018 season opens on September 1 with the UK premiere of The Enchanted Island devised and written by Jeremy Sams and continues on September 4 with Igor Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress. Both are at the Peacock Theatre, London.