The National Opera Studio showcases new works by three celebrated female composers, Joanna Marsh, Elena Langer and Errollyn Wallen
A highlight of the National Opera Studio’s Training Programme, the annual contemporary showcase demonstrates the Young Artists’ performance abilities while championing new opera writing in the UK. This year unexpected camels, greedy sisters, murderous storm clouds and psychological awakening feature in scenes from new operas all directed by David Pountney, who also provides libretti for two of them.
My Beautiful Camel by Joanna Marsh, (libretto David Pountney), is set in the Burj Khalifa, Dubai’s iconic skyscraper. Ivan is struggling to keep his company afloat and his last hope is a contract to run Dubai Fashion Week, but following a heap of mistakes and a series of poor decisions, pandemonium ensues.
The Storm Cloud (Tucha), composed in 2012 by Elena Langer, features text from an old Russian lament. A woman is exasperated by her idle husband and pleads for a storm cloud to kill him. Alas, the storm cloud shows up, but the outcome was not as she had hoped.
Also by Elena Langer is Four Sisters (libretto, John Lloyd Davies) in which three daughters of a fabulously wealthy and recently deceased industrialist wait in his New York apartment for the family lawyer to read his will. But where is the will? And will it make their dreams come true?
Sabina Spielrein by Errollyn Wallen, (libretto, David Pountney), recounts the plight of a pioneering psychoanalyst, her revolutionary thinking and her relationship with Carl Jung and Siegmund Freud.
DUBAI – ROSTOV – NEW YORK, scenes from new operas by Joanna Marsh (My Beautiful Camel), Elena Langer (The Storm Cloud and Four Sisters) and Errollyn Wallen (Sabina Spielrein) opens at Wilton’s Music Hall, London on May 4 where it has two further performances.