A showcase of boundary-pushing new opera and music theatre
Uncover new opera and music theatre in the third edition of Mahogany Opera Group's Various Stages Festival.
The Various Stages Festival 2017 is a showcase of musical and theatrical work in progress with presentations, talks, critical discussion and feedback sessions. The programme features work from a range of artists and companies who are diverse in style. Each are in their own way creating new opera in new ways, echoing Mahogany’s mission to stretch what opera can be and who it is for.
This year, for the first time, the scope of the festival has been expanded through an open call. From the submissions, we have selected four projects that will be workshopped and presented as part of the programme:
The Finding by Lucy Bradley, Richard Melkonian and Zoë Palmer, an exploration of suffering, loss and vulnerability through female voices across generations, drawing on magical realism and incorporating a choir of mothers and babies
In a Grove by Christopher Cerrone, Stephanie Fleischmann and Brian Mertes, an immersive opera inspired by a short story by Japanese author Ryūnosuke Akutagawa examining an incident of love torn by violence from multiple perspectives
Mưa (Rain) by Dai Fujikura and Dam Van Huynh, a movement opera using the ancient art of Vietnamese water puppetry to explore life experience
Palace of Junk by Metta Theatre (Oliver Brignall and Poppy Burton-Morgan), a multimedia retelling of the tragic tale of the Collyer brothers, an infamous pair of hoarders, and an exploration into hoarding disorder
Joining these projects will be two further works developed in partnership with other companies:
Traffick by Nic Chalmers and Emma-Ruth Richards, a chamber opera that unravels the experience of young men and women who have been trapped by the terrifying underground world of human trafficking. Developed with the Royal Opera House.
Calamity/Billy by Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse, Gavin Bryars and Michael Ondaatje, a double portrait of two iconic wild west heroes Billy the Kid and Calamity Jane that shows a different and more intimate side to the characters.
The festival is drawn from Mahogany's flagship research & development programme, Various Stages. In addition to presentations of work in creation, there will be chances to meet the artists and other creatives and feed into how works may further develop.
Various Stages is supported by PRS for Music Foundation and Mahogany Opera Group's Director's Circle