The Enchanted Pig at Hampstead Garden Opera
Stage Works 3 November, 2017
Hampstead Garden Opera presents The Enchanted Pig in November 2017. First shown in 2006 at the Young Vic, Now director Laura Attridge and HGO bring the musical tale to the Jackson Lane Theatre stage. Based on a Romanian fairy tale which feels both new and yet also familiar, the story explores the different forms love can take, and celebrates its transformative power. Performances run 10 – 19 November, with tickets available from the HGO website.
Dove’s Mansfield Park at the Grange Festival
Stage Works 22 August, 2017
16-17 September, The Grange Festival A newly-orchestrated version of Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park premieres at the Grange Festival in September, marking both the 200th anniversary of the death of Austen, and the inaugural season of the Grange Festival. Mansfield Park is the story of Fanny Price, a Cinderella-like heroine, who quietly negotiates her way through the moral perils of early nineteenth century high society, from landscape gardening and amateur theatricals to balls and arranged marriages. A cast of unforgettable characters make Mansfield Park perhaps the most subtly comic and moving of all Jane Austen’s novels, with the likes of the shrewish Aunt Norris, the indolent Lady Bertram and her pug, the beautiful but morally flawed Mary Crawford and her charming brother Henry, and the bickering sisters Maria and Julia, all gracing the pages and, here, the stage. Mansfield Park was originally written by Jonathan Dove, to a libretto by Alasdair Middleton, for a cast of ten singers with four hands at one piano. With this new version, commissioned by the Grange Festival, the scale increases to 13 musicians in what promises to be an unmissable event in the heart of Hampshire. Book Now, via the Grange Festival website
The Day After with ENO
Choral Stage Works 24 May, 2017
A new choral version of Jonathan Dove’s opera The Day After premieres on Friday 26 May 2017 with the English National Opera and continues until 31 May as part of their ENO Studio Live series at Lilian Baylis House Directed by Jamie Manton, a regular ENO Staff Director, and conducted by James Henshaw, ENO’s Chorus Master, The Day After tells the story of Phaeton, son of the Greek Sun God Phoebus. Challenging his father to let him drive the chariot of the Sun, Phaeton fancies himself a God, but his youthful impetuousness leads to disaster and tragedy. The production features designs by Camilla Clarke, winner of the 2015 Linbury Prize for Stage Design. Visit the ENO website for tickets and further information
Monster in the Maze at the BASCA Awards
Stage Works 7 December, 2016
On 6 December, the BASCA British Composer Awards highlighted some of the best compositions premiered in the UK in the 12 months leading up to April 2016, across jazz, choral, sonic art, orchestral and beyond. The event, hosted by BBC Radio 3 presenters Sarah Walker and Andrew McGregor, took place at the British Film Institute in London with a speech given by British composer and broadcaster Gerard McBurney, who presented each of the main category winners with their awards. Jonathan Dove’s The Monster in the Maze continued its ongoing success by winning the award in the amateur and young performers category which also included the shortlisted composers Kate Whitley and John Pickard. Most recently, Monster in the Maze was performed in Taichung where a new Chinese/Taiwanese translation was premiered in October 2016. Jonathan could not be at the awards as Melvyn Tan was performing his new solo piano piece Catching Fire across London at Spitalfields Festival, but Andra East of the London Symphony Orchestra was at the ceremony to collect the award in Jonathan’s absence. The awards will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Hear and Now’ programme on Saturday 10 December at 10pm.
Monster and Flight
Stage Works 1 November, 2016
A new translation of Dove’s Monster in the Maze premiered at Taiwan’s National Taichung Theater for two performances over the weekend (29/30 October 2016). The Chinese-Taiwanese version (titled 迷宮魔獸) represents the fourth translation of the work, with more on the way. The opera continues to storm on and has recently been shortlisted for a BASCA British Composer Awards at this year’s ceremony in the Amateur or Young Performer category. Flight, Dove’s breakthrough opera, will be produced in New York on 16/18/20 November 2016. Julliard Opera opens their season with the modern-day operatic comedy that tells the story of a refugee living in the airport and his interactions with different characters who find themselves delayed in the terminal. Inspired by the true-life story of an Iranian refugee who lived at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris for 18 years. Tickets are available on the Julliard website.