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The Flourish Opera Competition, 2015Nov 2015
OperaUpClose presents a showcase of extracts from the four finalists

Murder is a pretty common event in opera, and there is certainly the odd ghost, but Bingo and architecture? Not so much.  These are the intriguing topics chosen by the finalists of the fourth annual competition run by OperaUpClose.

Opera Bingo by Eve Harrison and Andrew Loretto is an immersive musical theatre piece putting the audience in the centre of the action during a Bingo game which has life changing effects for its players.  The Rue Morgue is based on one of the most famous of all detective stories by Edgar Alan Poe.  Composer/ librettist Louis Mander sets the baffling and sometimes whimsical plot in an evocative and haunting Parisian sound world.  They Came Back is haunting in a different sense.  Composer/ librettist Martin Ward creates a world in the near future increasingly visited by the deceased; but are the messages they bring enlightening or are they dark omens?  And finally, Concrete is a satire on modernism set during the 1960s reconstruction of Britain by composer/ librettist Jonathan Pease.  Each of these will be presented to the audience and judges’ panel through a 15 minute extract and one will win the opportunity to be developed and produced by OperaUpClose in a full length production to be performed at Kings Place in Autumn 2016.

The 2015 Flourish Opera Competition Finalists’ Showcase takes place on Sunday November 22 at Kings Place, London.